Spencer Petrozzi

Bulldogs fall short in WECSSAA “AA” boys soccer final

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys soccer team got to the WECSSAA “AA” final but fell just short of a league title.

The Essex Red Raiders claimed the Windsor-Essex County championship at the “AA” level with a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs last Thursday evening. The game was played on a neutral field, specifically the turf field at Academie Ste. Cecile private school in south Windsor.

Essex used first half goals from Tyler Zsebok and Jackson Moore to win and take the title. General Amherst advanced to the finals after wins over top ranked schools such as Cardinal Carter and Riverside.

“We had a really hard working game,” said General Amherst head coach Gavin Blunt. “We couldn’t get the bounces we needed. (Essex) got lucky on a couple of bounces at the beginning on their (first) goal. We worked hard. We’re not used to going down two goals so early.”

General Amherst’s Cole Chittle tries to work around an Essex player last Thursday night.

Spencer Petrozzi, one of General Amherst’s assistant coaches, gave credit to the Red Raiders for their effort.

“We were chasing the game from the start,” said Petrozzi. “We never got settled. Essex played well. They deserved to win.”

The Bulldogs advanced to the WECSSAA “AA” final with victories over Cardinal Carter and Riverside. Blunt said those teams played in WECSSAA’s Tier 1 division this past regular season with the Bulldogs being a Tier 2 team.

General Amherst will lose a “good amount” of players either to graduation or players moving out of the area. Blunt said this year’s team was mainly returning players from last year but they will need other players to step up next season as they move into Tier 1 themselves.

“We’ll be playing against the best,” said Blunt.

Blunt added that this year “was a good experience for the boys” but acknowledged after last Thursday’s game that “we didn’t get what we came here for.”

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Bulldogs win one, lose one last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys soccer team split a pair of games over the past week.

The Bulldogs dropped to 3-2 on the WECSSAA Tier 2 boys soccer season after a 2-0 loss Monday afternoon in Belle River. It was the first road game of the season for General Amherst, after playing their first four games at the Libro Centre. Devin Ergun and Paul Pillon scored for the Nobles.

The week started for the Bulldogs with the final regular season home game, a 1-0 win over Sandwich in a spirited affair at the Libro Centre.

The competitive game saw Donald LaChance score the only goal of the game, which came in the second half. Griffin Muzzin picked up the win in net for General Amherst.

After that game, played last Wednesday afternoon, Bulldogs head coach Gavin Blunt said it was “a much better result” than the previous Wednesday’s game, a 2-0 loss to L’Essor.

Donald LaChance (left) battles for the ball against Sandwich last Wednesday afternoon.

“(Sandwich) was a good team but we came out today and played hard,” said Blunt.

The Bulldogs executed offensively and played well defensively, also putting forth a better effort than they did against L’Essor.

“We worked a lot harder today,” said Blunt.

“The effort was there today,” assistant coach Spencer Petrozzi added.

Petrozzi believed they may have been overconfident heading into the L’Essor game but a good week of practise got them focused for Sandwich.

Kieron Sweet (left) kicks the ball towards the Sandwich goal during last Wednesday’s 1-0 General Amherst win.

Blunt believes it was an accomplishment for the Bulldogs to beat a top team like Sandwich, though there was some bad blood between the coaches late in the game as Blunt said Amherst was accused of rough play.

“I was fine with our aggressiveness,” said Blunt, with Petrozzi adding “we played within the rules.”

The final regular season game is scheduled for Wednesday in Essex at 4 p.m.

General Amherst ousted by Kennedy in chaotic soccer playoff game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys soccer team have been eliminated from the WECSSAA “AA” soccer playoffs by the Kennedy Clippers in a game that left a bad taste in the Bulldogs’ mouths.

By the time last Thursday afternoon’s game at the Libro Centre ended, both goalies had been ejected, parents had come onto the field and others ejected, and a dispute over how much time was thought to be left on the clock when the referee blew the final whistle.

General Amherst’s Aaron Brush kicks the ball up the field during last Thursday against Kennedy. Amherst lost 2-1 in the WECSSAA “AA” playoff game.

General Amherst’s Aaron Brush kicks the ball up the field during last Thursday against Kennedy. Amherst lost 2-1 in the WECSSAA “AA” playoff game.

General Amherst coach Gavin Blunt said he didn’t want blame the officiating for the loss but wanted to focus on his own team’s effort.

“I thought we played a hard fought game and we ended up with some tough calls against us,” said Blunt, after the 2-1 loss.

Blunt said there were points where he felt the Bulldogs outplayed Kennedy but couldn’t convert their chances.

“It was a very tough game to coach. It was a tough battle,” said Blunt. “The boys played well.”

Kieron Sweet scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs.

Assistant coach Spencer Petrozzi also said he didn’t want to concentrate on the officiating, and agreed that the Bulldogs played well despite the final score.

“The boys played hard. They battled right to the end,” said Petrozzi. “We’re very proud of the boys. They battled.”

General Amherst's Brock Beaudoin (left) wins a race to the ball but the Bulldogs lost the game 2-1 to Kennedy.

General Amherst’s Brock Beaudoin (left) wins a race to the ball but the Bulldogs lost the game 2-1 to Kennedy.

All of the players are eligible to return next season and they hope the 2018 season will be better. Blunt said the 2017 season was still a good one.

“It was a great season,” he added. “It was an unfortunate way to end an undefeated season in a game like this. It was chaotic and unorganized. There were scrums at times.”

Blunt noted “we played a really good team” and Petrozzi also noted the Bulldogs had their chances.

Bulldogs hit the road for a pair of boys soccer games

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs finished the regular season on the road over the past week.

The first game was Wednesday afternoon at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field against the Assumption Purple Raiders. Amherst started slow and improved as the game went on but had to settle for a 0-0 tie.

The tie snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bulldogs.

Donald LaChance heads the ball upfield during WECSSAA boys soccer action last Wednesday. General Amherst tied Assumption 0-0.

Donald LaChance heads the ball upfield during WECSSAA boys soccer action last Wednesday. General Amherst tied Assumption 0-0.

Both teams had to contend with poor weather at points, with pouring rain and a lightning delay arising at different moments in the game.

Head coach Gavin Blunt pointed out that the scoreless tie was “not the ideal result” and pointed out they didn’t have a good first half.

“We were looking to win,” said Blunt. “We played down to their level in the first half. In the second half, the boys played well. The boys started running.”

“We got caught watching the ball early on,” added assistant coach

Blunt said the Bulldogs had their chances in the second half.

General Amherst's Michael Nasello sprints towards a loose ball during second half action against Assumpton April 19.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello (right, yellow jersey) sprints towards a loose ball during second half action against Assumpton April 19.

“We definitely outshot them and out-chanced them,” he said. “We didn’t get the bounces.”

The game was called with about three minutes to play. The referee blew play dead for the second time due to lightning and after a huddle with coaches from both teams, the game ended though some on the Bulldogs wanted to have another 30-minute delay and finish the game.

“In my mind, I still think we’re the best team in the tier,” Blunt said after Wednesday’s game.

The Bulldogs concluded the regular season Monday afternoon with a 6-1 win at Belle River. The win meant General Amherst finished the 2017 WECESSAA Tier 2 regular season with a 5-0-1 record.

 

Bulldogs improve to 4-0 on the WECSSAA Tier 2 boys soccer season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Another win, another shutout for the General Amherst boys soccer team.

The Bulldogs won 4-0 last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre to stay undefeated on the 2017 season. Their record is also 4-0.

Cole Chittle tries to fight off a Herman player during first half action during a 4-0 Amherst win. The Bulldogs have won their first four games of the regular season.

Cole Chittle tries to fight off a Herman player during first half action during a 4-0 Amherst win. The Bulldogs have won their first four games of the regular season.

Brock Beaudoin, Michael Nasello, Aaron Brush and Christian Sweet scored Wednesday against Herman with Griffin Muzzin picking up his third shutout of the year.

“I think the boys played well,” said Nasello. “It was nice to get the 4-0 win.”

Nasello said they entered the season thinking it would be a developmental year but the team is meshing together well so far.

“The team is stepping up. Everyone is doing their part. Everyone is doing an equal share. Everyone is playing well,” said Nasello.

Coach Gavin Blunt pointed out it was their final home game of the regular season, and the Bulldogs were undefeated at home.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello heads up the field for a scoring chance during his team’s 4-0 victory over Herman last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello heads up the field for a scoring chance during his team’s 4-0 victory over Herman last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

“I thought we played a flawless game,” said Blunt.

“The boys are playing well, they are playing smart,” added assistant coach Spencer Petrozzi.

The team has scored 12 goals through its first four games and only allowed one, with none in the last three.

“We hope to end on a strong note,” added Blunt. “Everyone is clicking right now.”

Nasello is playing well, he added, as is Nate Salvati. Salvati is one of the Bulldogs’ main defenders and a big reason the team has three straight shutouts.

“He’s our rock back there,” said Blunt.

General Amherst plays today (Wednesday) at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field against Assumption and concludes the regular season in Belle River next Monday. Both games are at 4 p.m.