Moffa brothers get in kicks for E. Tech

Each scores goal in lifting No. 6 Mavs to 3-0 victory over No. 3 Mt. St. Joseph

Boys soccer

October 21, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Brothers Matt and Bryan Moffa may not look or act the same. But yesterday morning, the two scored nearly indistinguishable goals to lead the sixth-ranked Eastern Tech boys soccer team to a decisive 3-0 victory over No. 3 Mount St. Joseph.

In the 11th minute, senior Matt Moffa took a 35-yard feed from senior Powell Cucchiella and buried a shot from the top right corner of the penalty box into the lower left corner of the net. Eleven minutes later, sophomore Bryan Moffa gathered a long pass across the field from reserve Isaiah Ramsey and scored from the same spot in the same fashion to give Eastern Tech (11-1-1) a 3-0 lead. Bryan Moffa was later ejected in the 51st minute, forcing the Mavericks to play the final 29 minutes with 10 boys.

"It definitely takes skill to hit the ball in that corner, especially on the run," said Cucchiella, who has 10 goals and nine assists and played a dominating game yesterday in the midfield. "Those two played well. The whole team played well. Beating a team like this is a great victory for us."

Matt Moffa, who has 10 goals this season, also scored the Mavericks' second goal on a penalty kick in the 13th minute. Cucchiella set the play up with an outstanding pass, and Matt Moffa was taken down in the box after senior goalkeeper Dave Semko saved his first shot.

"All year teams have been benchmarking us as an opportunity to define their season," said Eastern Tech coach Peter Glaudemans, whose team won its 10 straight and has outscored its opponents 34-3 during an 11-game unbeaten streak.

"Mount St. Joe's is an excellent team, and we have used them today to benchmark where we are with our program. So we came out with a lot of motivation, because we had a goal to shoot for."

The Gaels (12-3-1) outshot the Mavericks 11-6, including 10-0 in the second half, but most of those shots came from outside the box and did not threaten Eastern keeper Lawrence Ramsey.

"What we did, and what we haven't done all year, is try to play the offside trap," said Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin, whose team's five-game winning streak ended. "I think if we would have played our normal defense, then they don't get those breakaways."

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