Slow, but rewarding week for Spartans, Lady Spartans

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:58

Florida - It was a slow week for both the Seward Spartan and Lady Spartan soccer teams. Slow but successful. The boys kept their unbeaten streak alive with a 1-0 win over Division V Tuxedo. The girls’ team took the measure of Eldred, 5-0, in a non-league contest. At home on Wednesday, the Spartans duplicated their 1-0 first-round victory over the Tornadoes with a same-score victory as the second round of Division V got underway. In the first-round game, Phil Melli booted home the game-winner, assisted by Rich Nozkowski. This time Nozkowski fired a crossing pass to Bryan Folkl, who rammed the winner into the corner of the goal. That goal came 10 minutes into the second half. Although Florida came close several times, that proved to be the lone score. The Spartan defense, meanwhile, led by deep backs Brenden Myers, Mickey Collins, Kevin Gaucher, Rob Dagele and keeper Wayne Hallock blanked the Tornadoes. That win leaves Florida at 9-0-2 overall and 4-0-1 in league play. Also on Wednesday, the Lady Spartans had a much easier time as they downed the Eldred Yellowjackets 5-0 in a non-league game. That win moved coach Joe DiMattina’s team to a 10-1 overall record. They are 4-0 in Orange County League action. With a lot of help from their friends, like Michelle Dugan, Angela Flores and Vivien Greiser, Theresa Space and Jillian Collova booted home all five goals. Those two scoring threats each had two first-half goals, and Space’s final tally in the second half took the sting out of the host Yellowjackets. Today the Lady Spartans travel to Fallsburg to start second-round action in Division play.