CHESHIRE -- Hoosac Valley won convincingly in its opener against newcomer Hampden Charter School of Science on Tuesday afternoon, matching the Hurricanes’ win total from a season ago.
In Hampden Charter’s first varsity boys soccer game, it had a handful right from the opening whistle. Hoosac Valley came out the aggressor and took advantage of numerous turnovers, converting on seven opportunities in the first half alone en route to an 8-0 win.
"We always come out strong in the first half," Hoosac Valley defender Matt Waltermire said. "We are a first-half team."
After spraying their first few shots wide of the target, the Hurricanes quickly found the back of the net with a goal from sophomore David Haley, as he slipped by defenders to receive a pass from Nick Ryan and tuck a shot past the keeper.
Haley again found the back of the net just 83 seconds later to double the Hurricanes’ lead. And then the floodgates opened, as Hoosac poured on four more goals over the next five minutes, two of them coming from Sean Ryan-Kut.
"They were a lot more prepared than I gave them credit for," said Hoosac coach Camilo Bermudez. "They really wanted it."
The first half was dominated by Hoosac both on the score sheet and in time of possession. The ball rarely saw its way onto the Hurricanes’ defensive side of the field and Hampden (0-1-0) managed to only scrounge up one quality goal-scoring chance,
"A lot of our kids are inexperienced," said Hampden coach Joe Borelli. "I can only teach them so much at practice. Here they can learn from where other teams are at. But the effort was there and it definitely showed in the second half."
After halftime, Hampden held its ground, showing more composure on the ball and finding more players in open space. Although, they did concede a goal in the closing minutes, they had their fair share of the possession and created some quality opportunities in the attack.
Hoosac, on the other hand, was able to give some considerable playing time to many of its reserves and still kept a composed and tight defense, earning goalkeeper Tom Galisa a shutout.
"We kept our formation the whole game and shut them down," said Waltermire.
For the victors, their reward is a date with rival Drury on Thursday at 4 p.m. in a road test that should provide a measuring stick for the season ahead. However, Bermudez remains optimistic.
"This year we have a chance, if we stay organized and disciplined," he said.