GENESEO -- Ninety minutes into its season, the Geneseo boys' soccer team had yet to score a goal. Adding to the Maple Leafs' misery was what originally was their first goal being disallowed on an offside call.|
"We were somewhat disappointed," Geneseo junior midfielder Hunter DeSplinter said. "But we stayed aggressive and got back at it. We would get it in the net sooner or later."
Geneseo offered its response less than two minutes later.
Cayson Frerichs sent a shot from the left wing through traffic to the far post and into the net in the 12th minute, giving the Maple Leafs their first goal on the season in their second match. With its offense finally clicking, Geneseo took its momentum and rolled to a 5-0 win over Alleman on Tuesday night.
"It's disappointing to get a goal taken away," DeSplinter said. "But if you want it bad enough, you'll keep going. You just have to keep everybody up and keep them in the game."
Coming off a 6-0 loss against Moline last Wednesday, the Maple Leafs (1-1) were looking to establish some offense that was missing in that match. The attack started early, but there was no reward.
Andrew Benhart appeared to break the streak when he redirected a shot off the crossbar for a goal in the 11th minute, ending the scoreless drought. The officials, though, deemed Benhart offsides, disallowing the goal.
The frustration did not last long.
"To come out and have a goal taken away, that's tough," Geneseo coach Ian Kline said. "But the boys stuck with it."
The Maple Leafs built a 3-0 lead by intermission, extending their advantage off an Alleman (1-1) own goal and a Logan Alexander score. Dating back to last year, it was the first time Geneseo scored more than one goal in four matches.
In the second half, the Maple Leafs continued pressuring the goal. DeSplinter scored in the 53rd minute and Tristan DeSplinter capped the scoring in the 79th minute. Geneseo finished with 12 shots on goal.
"You always need confidence," Kline said. "It's nice to get a positive out of the game when it's all about learning. You can learn from winning and losing."
Alleman, which earned a 5-2 win over Riverdale in its season opener last week, learned a lesson as it had two shots on goal.
"We came in overconfident," Alleman coach Cary Sodawasser said.
Geneseo was looking for offense, but confidence as well. Turns out, the Maple Leafs got both on this night.
"People stepped up tonight," Hunter DeSplinter said. "We showed what we can do."