Senior midfielder and captain Nick Demonte scored a brace, including the game-winner against arch-rival and GCC foe Strongsville Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Mandy Brown-Demonte).
Strongsville, Ohio – The Brunswick High School Men’s Soccer Team defeated the Mustangs of Strongsville on Tuesday night, by the final score of 3-1. Brunswick’s record improves to 4-1-1 and 3-0-0 in the GCC. Strongsville drops to 2-3-3 and 1-1-1 in the GCC. The win marks the fourth win in five years over Strongsville including the last three straight.
Strongsville still owns the historical series after their many years of domination versus their rivals to the south, 29-6-5.
In the first half, Brunswick hit the ground running as senior midfielder and captain Nick Demonte stole on a ball on the left flank, beat two defenders and fired a shot from 20 yards past Strongsville keeper Nolan Kellogg in just the 5th minute of the game.
Following the goal, Brunswick had two efforts that went close. The first, from junior midfielder Garrett Shay, smashed into the cross bar in the 11th minute. Just one minute later, junior Colin Parete missed a chance just to the left of the near post.
Head Coach Ben Dotson was disappointed in the execution in those sequences. “We had a chance to put our rival away early, on the road and we failed to capitalize. A big opportunity for those guys to learn from those mistakes, I was sure that they would.”
Strongsville would answer in the 24th minute. Strongsville forward Mo Tayeh would sent a volley from 22 yards past freshman goalkeeper Gavyn Ernst and into the net to tie proceedings.
That score would hold till the break.
Just moments into the second half, Brunswick would put the game away early. Demonte would receive a crucial pass from freshman Cole Parete, then beat a defender and calmly finish past Kellogg just 2:36 into the second stanza to make the score 2-1.
Eight minutes later, Colin Parete would put the game beyond doubt as he nodded in a header off a throw-in from senior defender and captain Kyle Wolf. “Colin played the best game of his career tonight,” Dotson said. “He could have easily put his head down after his early miss, but he plugged along and gave us a huge lift with that goal.”
Brunswick’s defense of Wolf and juniors Aaron Ogorzaly, Sean Tarbuck, Ryan McConnell and Nate Bohrer kept the Mustangs at bay to keep the 3-1 score through the final whistle.
“I thought we played well tonight. We were much more clinical in the final third ,” said Dotson post-match. “The boys responded well to a poor game at the weekend and I am very proud of their efforts tonight, especially over a rival.”
Demonte took home Man of the Match for his stellar game. “I thought Nickie was brilliant tonight,” Dotson said. “He had the right amount of energy and excitement and led by example. One of the best shifts he has ever put in here.”
Brunswick next plays when they host Greater Akron rival Massillon Jackson on homecoming on Saturday for a 1:00 pm kick-off.
FOR ADDITIONAL BHS MEN’S SOCCER INFORMATION, please contact Head Coach Ben Dotson via telephone at (330) 273-0496 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further BHS Athletics Information, please visit the school’s athletics website at www.bluedevilathletics.org.