A rowdy section of Archbishop Hoban students chanted “We want a goal! We want a goal!” midway through the first half of a boys soccer match Saturday night against Lake.
Senior midfielder Ben Easton proceeded to deliver three goals during the next 42 minutes to lead the Knights to a 4-0 victory on a comfortable evening at Dowed Field.
“In past years we haven’t had as much support from the students, but this year we really have a strong student fan base,” Easton said. “Their energy brought to us what we needed. We got their defense on their heels and we made a couple of quick cuts. We got that first goal and that momentum carried on into the second half.”
Hoban junior midfielder Matty McGee helped start the scoring in the 23rd minute when he sent a pass to his left to junior midfielder Christopher Thomas, who kicked the ball into the net from about 10 yards away to make it 1-0.
Easton scored the Knights’ second goal from about 10 yards out in the 29th minute after he dribbled through three Blue Streaks defenders and beat the goalkeeper with a shot.
Easton added two more goals in the second half to complete a hat trick. His second goal came in the 48th minute following a solid boot from about 25 yards away, and his third goal came in the 62nd minute off a rebound from just a few yards out.
“I enjoyed my second goal the most,” Easton said. “No. 1 was just a timing thing and placement. It was a good goal. No. 3 was kind of a sloppy finish, but No. 2 was so exciting. How can you say no to a 25-yard upper-90 spinning shot. I would have to say that was my favorite of the night.”
Hoban coach Tavi Muresan subbed Easton out of the match in the 64th minute, and he sat on the bench with his teammates for the final 16 minutes.
“I am happy for him because he is a very quality kid on and off the field,” Muresan said. “Even though he is not a captain, he brings to the team that extra gear in a game that can make a difference. I am sure in other games other players will come up and do the same like Ben. I believe we have a very good class of seniors.”
Hoban played the role of aggressor for most of Saturday’s match, which it came into following a 2-0 season-opening victory over Avon.
“I was very pleased with how the players came today to play and I was very surprised about the crowd,” Muresan said.
“We are very happy to have them with us because this is going to be a good year. We have a quality senior class and we need support. We are trying to do better than last year. Every game we want to do better than the past game. Today we did better than the first game with Avon, and we are looking forward to the next games as an opportunity to keep improving.”
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Markowski earned a shutout with assistance from starting defenders — seniors Ben Naragon and Jacob Brown and sophomore Christian Salamon
The Knights also received steady contributions from their starting midfielders, senior Jordan Sarver, junior Graham Onders and sophomore Joseph Lawrence, and senior forward Michael Londa.
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