In a recent rival boys soccer match up, the visiting Black River Presidents scored a goal early, then made it stand in a 1-0 victory over the Green Mountain Chieftains in Chester. It was the season-opener for the Presidents, while the Chieftains (at press time) fell to 0-2 on the young season.
In a defensive struggle most of the way and after some rain and lightning had delayed the first half by some 40 minutes, Black River largely outplayed Green Mountain especially which allowed them to get a few scoring chances early, one in which they were able to cash in.
"Outside of about a 20 minute period towards the end, I felt we did a pretty good job of containing their offense," Black River coach Tony Valente said. "Although we are a relatively inexperienced group our strength is in the back, so we did a pretty good job at making the one goal stand up. However, Coach Walker has his kids playing hard and together as a team."
Less than 10 minutes into the match and before the rain delay, Black River senior Noah Schmidt lofted a shot off a corner kick into the box and although G.M. keeper Jacob Walker jumped and got his finger tips on it, the ball bounced right in front of Tim Rumrill who tapped it in for the score. It would prove to be the game-winner.
Neither team could get much going offensively the rest of the way, although Chieftain senior Jason Albert had a breakaway right after the lone goal in which Black River goalkeeper Kyle Milligan raced out to challenge the ball and managed to smother it before Albert could get a shot off.
Despite several good opportunities early in the first half, Black River could not capitalize again, as G.M. began taking away the outside lanes as to eliminate crosses that had created some good opportunities for the Presidents.
"We did a good job at making the proper adjustments after that early goal," Green Mountain Coach Scott Walker said in a post-game interview. "Despite our two losses to start the season, I am pleased with our progress and this team is going to keep getting better. The wins will come."
For the match, Black River held a 9-2 edge in shots on goal, while also having the upper hand on corner kicks, 6-0. Both teams will next participate in Black River's annual Josh Cole Tournament to be held over the weekend at Dorsey Park in Ludlow.