Caputo scores 2 in victory for Montoursville
At the half, Montoursville did hold a two-goal lead against Loyalsock, and while some teams perhaps would have been satisfied leading by two, the Warriors wanted to get another goal in the second half.
For the coaching staff, Montoursville wanted to make the adjustments at halftime to possess the ball more and create opportunities.
It took less than eight minutes for the Warriors to capitalize and execute that game plan.
Montoursville junior Dominic Caputo took a ball that got tapped to him and took his shot for a goal that gave Montoursville a three-goal lead that the Warriors used en route to a 3-1 win over Loyalsock at McCall Middle School on Saturday morning.
“Coming out today and only being up 2-0 at half, we wanted to get back in next half and get more shots and get a good goal,” Caputo said.
“We just made adjustments at halftime to play our style of game, which is possessing the ball, one-two touch and creating opportunities for scoring,” Montoursville assistant coach Ryan Hunter added.
The Warriors fired six shots on goal in the second half compared to just two in the first 40 minutes.
Caputo’s second-half goal was his second of the day. Caputo scored with 1:11 remaining in the first half when he took a ball at the 18 and fired a shot just inside of the right post for a 2-0 early lead.
“Dom is one-of-a-kind. He’s very fast, he’s very good 1-v-1,” Hunter said. “He’s going to be a heck of a player this year for us.”
Montoursville had success with the offsides trap against Loyalsock, forcing the Lancers on numerous occassions throughout the first half especially to get called offsides.
Loyalsock had four shots on goal in the first half, but only got a few off from inside of the 18. Loyalsock did pepper and test Montoursville goalie Ian Plankenhorn in the first half, as he recorded seven saves. Montoursville also just narrowly missed some great opportunities in the first half, with three shots going just wide on either side of the post and one sailing just over the crossbar.
“I feel like we possessed the ball pretty well in the first half. It was a fast-paced game because of the trap. They suffocated us in our own half, so when we could possess it, we did,” Loyalsock coach Pete Ruhl said. “We held onto the ball too long, too many times then when we did send that ball we were off because they were stepping up. In the first half, we had a number of chances, just couldn’t get them on frame. Because of that, I think we got ourselves a little frustrated because we couldn’t convert.”
The Lancers did score with nine minutes to play in the game when Kaleb Daddack scored his first varsity goal off a great assist by Charlie Hunt. After Hunt took on a few defenders inside of the 18, he crossed it to his left right to Daddack, who put it in easily.
“Charlie Hunt’s definitely our best ball handler. He’s very strong on ball as well, very hard to get off the ball,” Ruhl said. “(Daddack) was in right place where he’s supposed to be and all he had to do literally was walk into it.”
Montoursville was as efficient as you could be in soccer in the first half, recording just two shots on goal, both of which were for goals.
Angelo Silvagni scored with 12:34 to play in the first half to breakup the scoreless contest when he took a loose ball and drilled it quickly past Loyalsock’s goalie from just outside of the 18.
Montoursville 3, Loyalsock 1
M–Angelo Silvagni, 12:34. M–Domnic Caputo (Luke Kirkpatrick), 1:11. M–Caputo (Nick Musto, Seth Griggs), 32:31. L–Kaleb Dabback (Charlie Hunt), 9:00.
Shots: M 8, L 7. Corners: M 7, L 6. Saves: M (Ian Plankenhorn) 6, L (Connor Rude) 6.
Records: Loyalsock (0-3), Montoursville (3-1).