Delbarton rolls over rival Randolph
Delbarton notched its second win of the season in convincing fashion when it sailed past NJAC rival Randolph, 4-0 on Tuesday.
Set pieces were really working for the Green Wave as their first two markers would come off of well-placed corner kicks. Michael Moshier got it started off after a scrum in front resulted in a golden chance for the 10-goal scorer from a year ago to bury the game's opening goal.
Conor Kelly would be the second beneficiary of a frantic scrum following a corner kick and just 12 minutes into the game Delbarton was in cruise control. After a pair of “dirty” goals by Delbarton, Greg Seifert blasted home a pretty shot from 18 yards out and just like that the route was on.
"It's something we take pride in, we like to dominate the box," Seifert said of set pieces. "We spend a lot of time perfecting it in practce and it doesn't always go exactly according to plan, but we feel confident in it and we did well with today."
The defense was stout for Delbarton frustrating strikers Matteo Panizza and Angel Baena early in the first half the Green Wave built its lead. Randolph was able to muster several quality chances in the second half but sophomore goalie Scott Forbes was equal to every challenge.
"We're both from Chatham so I have to drive him to school every morning," joked Kelly about the young netminder. "Since coming up last year after Luke Rossi got hurt he is nothing but great and this team has full confidence in him to get it done."
With 9:00 left Delbarton would earn a free kick from the left wing and once again Kelly would scoop up a deflected ball and knock it home. The 6-foot-3 midfielder was just too much for the Rams to handle inside 18 yard box and his second of the game thwarted any comeback efforts Randolph was brewing.
"The coaches always say the set pieces are our bread and butter," said Kelly. "We put a ton of time into it in practice and it's one place we really try to be solid, to get three goals off of set pieces was perfect, it makes it feel like that work is paying off."
Matt DeVite would provide the icing after making a tremendous play on defense to preserve the shutout, DeVite slid onto a sweet diagonal pass from freshman Tom McCabe and redirected the ball home to cap the scoring for Delby.
"We've had flashes of good soccer but we still have a lot to work on," said senior captain Seifert. "For right now it's at least good enough that we are finishing our chances but we can get a lot better."