Bulldogs Outplay the Vikings
By Darby Musselman
Green, Ohio—Fans eagerly entered into the Green Memorial Stadium Saturday evening, to see their Green High School Boys Soccer team meet with their local competitor, the North Canton Hoover Vikings, for preconference play, and were not disappointed with the outcome, as the Bulldogs dominated 3-0.
Ending the week with this home game victory, sounded the rally call for the season to not only begin, but to be successful. As Coach Nelson conveyed a message a few weeks ago, during a GHS fall sport season meeting, concerning his philosophy of “family, school, soccer”; he charged the teams under his care with the tenacity component, “striving, always to be better.”
This mindset has placed a focus on the team to steer its purpose. Players have been given the game plan, and as their strategy has begun to unfold, confidence has been ushered in. Both JV and Varsity teams outplayed their Viking opponent, having created more shots on goal, generated by determined defenders and trust in one another’s field play. Families and peers from both teams encouraged one another’s team players, supportively being present on the sidelines, and witnessed Green players deepen their presence on the field, from the beginning until the end whistle per half.
Beginning the first half, cheers welcomed experienced players as they took the field. Poised with assertiveness, team captain, Billy Cvammen and the Bulldog starters engaged in three drives to secure a 3-0 margin. First Bulldog goal of the night was shot by junior #2 Zach Hillman within the first few minutes which resounded momentum, followed by senior #15 Kenton Keeslar’s clever stellar goal, assist given soft touch across the top by junior #5 Noah Musselman. The third goal of the game made by newcomer Nicholas Mclausand, secured the 3-0 lead; and was executed as the team crossed over the 50 yard line space, where Nicholas received the ball, gave his 3-2-1 touch closing the goal distance, then, launched a rocket.
Make no mistake, Bulldog team play involved contributions by forward, defender and midfield players; as well as, sweet saves from goalkeeper Christian Galayda.
Field advantage was gained through defenders: Matthew Jackson, Billy Cvammen, Johnny Moresea, Clay Hammes, Matt Wilson. Often distributions forward connected through players: Isaac Schott, Tobin Cindea, Patrick Anstine, Ryan Callahan.
Second half, North Canton and Green continued to gain possession, take shots, and create better angles. Several attempts were just wide of the goal posts or saved by keepers, but much creativity was generated to put people in position to do well. As the whistle sounded, the Bulldogs expressed that they were pleased with this win, both teams continued with good sportsmanship and exchanged handshakes to signal game over.
End of the game comments reminded fans and players to be part of the upcoming all day event, Kick For The Cure, held September 13, at the Green Memorial Stadium; and to encourage people to eat at Legends (1840 Town Park Boulevard, Uniontown, Ohio, 44685), this coming Thursday, August 28; to support the 25% proceeds from meals given towards Kick For The Cure, 3 Teams 1 Goal . High school soccer teams who have chosen to partner with the host Green High School Boys/Girls Soccer programs, are Coventry and Louisville.
Kick For The Cure is an annual event hosted by Green High School Boys and Girls Soccer teams to raise funds towards cures for cancer, celebrate survivors, and remember loved ones. This year’s recipient of funds will go to Camp Quality, hospice. Donations can be sent directly to: Kick for the Cure, P.O. Box 433, Green, Ohio 44232.
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