The Arlington High School boys soccer team struggled with organization on Tuesday. But after some fine-tuning under the hood, the Admirals delivered a one-two punch to shut out Roy C. Ketcham 2-0.
Eight minutes into the second half, Vinny Colantuono found the back of the net off an assist by Paul Makaj to spark the Admirals.
No more than a minute later, George Pogyo sealed it shut from an assist by Travis Cartica.
“The first half was back and forth,” said Arlington coach Craig Sanborn. “I thought Ketcham had the better play overall in the first half.”
But coach Sanborn made some adjustments at halftime, mainly at central midfield, that “helped us win the ball in better locations,” he said.
“With the adjustments, we were able to get attacking pretty quick and score those back-to-back goals,” Sanborn said.
The coach admitted that getting the first goal was nice, and to see his team put into practice the tweaks made at the half was rewarding.
Goalie Ryan Wilson came up with three saves, two of which were ‘quality saves,’ according to his coach.
Ketcham’s Mike Rodriguez had three saves as well.
“We’re still yet to play our best soccer,” Sanborn said. “We still haven’t put two halves together yet, so there’s still plenty to work on and work toward… We want to get fired on all cylinders.”
Arlington (12-1) visits Carmel at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
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