Score: Friends Academy 3, Glen Cove 0
Division Records: Glen Cove 0-0-0, Friends Academy 0-0-0
The 9/15/10 varsity soccer match between Glen Cove and Friends Academy was a non-league exhibition, so it did not count towards the regular season division records.
The Hero: Friends Academy Senior RF Matt Slotnick stole the show with a masterful performance that netted two goals for the Quakers. After initially having trouble finding openings in Glen Cove's defense, he finally broke through with the first goal of the game on a scorching strike just out of the reach of Glen Cove goalkeeper Scott Nicolich. He continued to fire uncontested shots towards Big Red's net, driving through a long-range kick from 30 feet out as the opening half came to a close.
The Turning Point: A weakly-kicked attempt by Glen Cove Senior striker Sergio Bonilla was mishandled by Friends Academy goalkeeper Paul Asadourian late in the first half. The ball slipped between the goalie's legs, and was inches away from finding the back of the net. Luckily for Asadourian, it bounced off the side of the goalpost, and Big Red would not get any more scoring chances for the remainder of the match.
The Quote: During the halftime huddle, Friends Academy coach Marshall Lindner told his team to "stay focused and keep the pressure on like we did in the first half." The short and simple message paid dividends, as the Quakers were able to complete the shutout in commanding fashion.
The Bottom Line: Even though the game was considered a non-league exhibition that did not count towards the official rankings in the division, Glen Cove played an inspired and emotional brand of soccer. They showed great hustle and poise, which should help them in preparation for the upcoming season. Particularly impressive was the leadership shown by Glen Cove sophomore RF Vinny Grella as he rallied his men to not give up and keep pressing the action after falling behind by three goals.
Key Stat: Friends Academy had twice as many shots on goal as Glen Cove. With that much offensive pressure, the damage would have been a lot worse had it not been for the brilliant play of Glen Cove goalkeepers Andres Munoz and Scott Nicolich. The pair each played a half, and made several diving grabs that saved a handful of would-be goals.
What's Next? Monday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. Glen Cove @ Bethpage
Friends Academy- #6 Matt Slotnick, 24:06 (Assist #7 Colin Heffron)
Friends Academy-#6 Matt Slotnick, 11:11 (Assist #11 Kyle Dineen)
Friends Academy-#7 Colin Heffron, 2:26
Shots on Goal:
Glen Cove - 7
Friends Academy - 17