By Kyle Higley, contributing writer
The Oswego Buccaneers boys soccer team hosted the West Genesee Wildcats as they celebrated senior night under the lights. Led by a host of 13 seniors, Oswego was able to was able to play a complete and mistake free game to earn a 3-1 victory. OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Patrick Holland led the Bucs with 2 goals.Ã‚Â Eric Witmer added a goal with assists attributed to Antonio Darling and Ricky Wallace, all seniors.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought we played well and we had been talking and talking all week that in order to win this game our seniors had to step up. They did it,Ã¢â‚¬Â said head coach Don Fronk.
West GeneseeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lone goal was scored by Jake Sutherland, and assisted on by Steffanos Stimilaskas. Dylan Condon did what he could to keep Oswego off the scoreboard by recording a game high 12 saves for the Wildcats.
Right from the opening Oswego looked to be in control of the game as they dominated time of possession, and missed on two great scoring chances in the first four minutes. Finally, with 28: 24 remaining in the first half, relentless pressure on Wildcat goalie Dylan Condon paid off for the Bucs. Senior defenseman Eric Witmer took a Condon rebound and drilled it into the bottom right corner of the goal, giving the Bucs a 1-0 lead.
Oswego almost struck again before halftime as senior Nathaniel Pacheco left a perfect corner kick for teammate James Reynolds, who barely missed on his header with two minutes left in the first half.
When the second half got underway, OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s scoring chances finally paid off as Patrick Holland scored a goal just one minute and 12 seconds in, giving Oswego a 2 goal lead. Holland didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t waste much time before he extended OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lead with another goal at the 31:18 mark putting Oswego up 3-0.
With time running out for West Genesee, Steffanos Stimilaskas put continued pressure on Oswego goalie Joshua Baer. Finally, At the 19:41 mark of the second half Stimilaskas was able to hook up with teammates Jake Sutherland for a Wildcat goal. With Oswego leading 3-1 and West Genesee applying pressure, Baer came up with a series of great saves, as the Wildcats tried headers, corner kicks, and direct kicks to try and sneak the ball past him. Baer recorded 9 saves and was able to preserve the 3-1 victory for the Oswego Buccaneers.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Josh played well tonight he came up and made some big saves when we needed them,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Fronk.
Oswego improved its league record to 5-6, and 7-7 overall. They play again Thursday at Rome Free Academy.