Leland & Gray boys shut out Slaters

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TOWNSHEND — The Leland & Gray varsity boys soccer team defeated the visiting Fair Haven Slaters, 3-0, on Thursday.

These two teams matched up earlier in the season, a game that ended 4-1 in the Rebels' favor.

The struggling Slaters' record sits at 0-12-1 after losing to the Rebels for the second time.

Leland & Gray improved to 7-4-1 with the win.

Star forward Patrick Meyer had a strong showing up front, scoring twice.

Meyer was in the right place at the right time for both of his goals.

He first scored at the 23:22 mark in the first half, when a fifty-fifty ball landed at his feet at the edge of the eighteen. The senior captain slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, just past keeper Liam Laramie.

Meyer's second goal was a tap-in, following a shot by midfielder Patrick McDonald, with 13:57 remaining in the second half.

The third goal for the hosts was a breakaway shot by freshman striker Liam Towle.

Towle was sent through on goal by a beautiful ball from forward Rain Holmes. Towle carried the ball past a defender, and scored a toe-poke shot into the right side of the net.

Now, most coaches would be happy with a 3-0 victory. Leland & Gray coach Chris Barton is different than most coaches.

Barton was very vocal in the first half, consistently voicing his concerns to his players. This continued into halftime, when Barton told his boys to "get fired up," and come out better, and more aggressive, in the second half.

Coach Barton was satisfied with the results in the second half, saying that his players passed well, and communicated on the field better, especially in the final 25 minutes.

Barton made it clear that he expects improvements from his team, when he said after the match, "At this point in the year, you need to play 80 minutes of good soccer, not 30."

The home team benefited from great play by several members, including Nathan Claussen, and Sam Thibault.

Claussen dominated the midfield, while Thibault gave the Rebels quality minutes off the bench, on defense.

Fair Haven failed to get on the scoreboard but sophomore midfielder Aidan Bennett played well, creating chances for himself, and his teammates.

The Townshend team will continue in their hunt for a top five seed in Division 3, when they play next at Mill River, on Monday.


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