Ferry scores three times as Millionaires pull away
By JON GERARDI
It took until there was about 12 minutes going in the first half for Williamsport to start rolling and playing the way the Millionaires are capable of, but once they got into their groove, the Millionaires made scoring look easy.
Particularly, Tiarnan Ferry made it look easy.
Ferry proved to be a tough weapon for Central Mountain to contain defensively as Ferry ended his night with three goals and an assist in a 4-0 shutout win over Central Mountain in an early HAC-I matchup at Balls Mills on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.
“We were trying to do the same thing over and over in the first half and we weren’t learning from that mistake. So we did it five or six times and that wasn’t cutting it,” Williamsport coach Lee Kaar said. “Last 12 minutes of the first half is where we started picking them apart and that’s where things started opening up. At halftime we talked to them, it’s in their head now a little bit more.”
Ferry got things going for Williamsport (2-0) with 6:54 to play until halftime when he took a ball and while going to his left, managed to turn right and fire a great shot toward the right post for the opening 1-0 lead.
About a minute and a half later, Ferry had a nice pass to Caden Fisher near the goal box, who took it and tapped it for a 2-0 lead before the half.
Williamsport kept possession essentially the entire game, rarely letting Central Mountain get the ball, much less get many shots. The Wildcats had just three shots on goal the entire game, and only one came in the second half.
“We were just trying to keep them from a quick counter and we were able to do that,” said Kaar. “Our three center middies I thought played a good game and even when we weren’t able to find the back of the net early in the first half, we kept them in our final third, so they weren’t able to really generate anything.”
Ferry scored his second goal six minutes into the second half when Tom Pombor fed him a perfect ball before Ferry turned and rifled a shot near the goal line past a diving Nicholas Andrus in goal for the 3-0 lead.
Ferry made it a hat trick thanks to a heads up play and being in the right position.
Williamsport’s Brian Stopper rifled a great shot from just outside the far end of the goal box that Andrus dove and managed to block. The ball then stayed in play and Ferry took a few quick steps before rifling a shot to the right post for the fourth goal and the hat trick.
“You know we have a lot of weapons. … That’s probably one of the better halves I’ve seen Tom Pombor play. How he checks the ball and opens up so much space for everyone else? T definitely benefits from that. T’s definitely one of our weapons that we go to, but if you focus on him, we have four or five others ready to go,” Kaar said. “Right now T’s in a good groove these first two games and just kind of keep that going.”
The Wildcats had two shots on goal in the first half, but both were from roughly 25 yards out and weren’t serious threats as goalie J.R. Confair easily caught both. Central Mountain’s only shot on goal in second half was from just outside the 18, but Confair was able to block it near the right post to preserve the shutout.
W-Tiarnan Ferry, 6:54. W-Caden Fisher (Ferry), 5:11. W-Ferry (Tom Pombor, Fisher), 34:59. W-Ferry, 19:19.
Shots: CM 3, W 6. Corners: CM 2, W 8. Saves: CM (Nicholas Andrus 1, Collin Jones 1) 2, W (J.R. Confair 2, Nate Powley 0), 2.
Records: Williamsport (2-0).