Brooke Boys Cruise to Victory Over Edison
WELLSBURG — The Brooke boys’ soccer team got its offense back on track against Edison.
Led by senior Konner Govey, who scored a game-high four goals, the Bruins were on the attack from the opening whistle to final whistle against the Wildcats as Brooke came away with a 9-0 victory Monday evening inside Brooke Memorial Stadium.
“We found the back of the net (Monday),” Brooke (1-2) coach Joe Pepe said. “I’m very proud of the kids. They moved the ball around.
“We are coming off of a rough road trip, and we needed to come together. We lost to Hurricane on Friday and then we lost to East Fairmont on Saturday, but the kids played well.
“We knew it was a matter of time.
“Hurricane is 2-0 right now. They are an excellent team. Then, we get beat by the defending Class AA state champions East Fairmont. They are two caliber teams.
“I am concerned about what we have coming up. We have one day off and then we play Wheeling Park, and they are an excellent team. Take nothing away from Edison. They moved the ball.
“They came out strong. Their goalie is phenomenal. He threw the ball farther than some goalies punt it.”
The Bruins led 2-0 less than six minutes into the game, and they kept going after that as they scored one more goal in the opening half and six more in the second half.
“We have played teams coached by Coach Pepe since I have been at Edison,” Wildcats (0-1) coach Aaron Richardson said. “I transferred into Edison, and I think he started at Brooke at the same time.
“They are a strong team. I think this is the best team we have played that he has had here.”
Govey scored all three of Brooke’s goal in the first half before adding another in the second half.
Hunter Adams delivered two goals, and Colin Hielman, Josh Ferguson and Jacob Hinerman all netted one goal for the hosts.
Domenic D’Ulisse, Nick Cruny, Anthony Patszek, Liam Cronin, John Mieczkowski and Ferguson all finished with an assist.
Brooke used two goalies in the game. Matthew Reed started the game, and he was replaced during the second half by Liam Riska. Reed and Riska each made one save.
Tristan Haught tallied 19 saves in goal for Edison.
“Tristan did all he could,” Richardson said.
“Our sweeper got hurt late in the first half, and he wasn’t able to come back into the game. We had another kid get hit in the face with the ball. We have another with a persistent ankle injury. We had no subs late in the game.
“We have five kids on our team who have never played soccer before, and we have one kid who transferred in. They are learning our system.
“We had a couple of scrimmages, and we looked better in those than we did (Monday).”
Brooke is scheduled to play again at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against rival Wheeling Park. Edison is slated to play again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at home against rival Indian Creek.
“It is nice to get one in the win column,” Pepe said. “We lost two games last weekend, and we came back and won (Monday). Now, we have a day off until we have to play Wheeling Park. Then, we will have a few days off before we have to play Beaver Local on Monday.
“We are starting to come together. We are going to see who is hurt or not. Take nothing away from Edison. Their goalie is excellent. They are a young and upcoming team. They are team that is going to be a force to be reckoned with.”