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Lakeview battles Canfield in 2-1 home loss

CORTLAND — The Canfield Cardinals boys soccer team invaded Cortland on Saturday afternoon and outlasted the Lakeview Bulldogs, 2-1.

Cardinal junior Adam Schrock scored the game-winning goal with just under 4 minutes left in regulation.

“It was a sloppy game,” Schrock said. “We can play better. We had good passing toward the end of the game, and that led to the game-winning goal. The nice pass gave me a clean shot.”

The Bulldogs (2-3) are under new guidance this season with first-year head coach Nicholas Facciolo. However, the transition has been seamless since Facciolo has been with the program for a long time.

“I’ve been an assistant coach here for five years,” Facciolo said. “So, I know the program. I played here. These guys all know me. I want to win the league every year. It was a natural transition into the head coaching position.

“It was a good battle today,” he added. “Canfield always has a good squad. We’re always a good squad. It’s always going to be a battle when we play. They got one in the first half. We were able to counter in the second. We lost a mark in the last 4 minutes, and they snuck one in the back of the net.”

The game was scoreless for the first 20 minutes of play before Canfield (6-0-1) got on the board first. Each team had good looks but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Canfield junior Connor Mulichak booted a corner kick that set up a header in front of the goal. The Cardinals sent it high and the ball bounced off the football upright.

Lakeview senior Brendon Kilpatrick looked like he might score minutes later, but the ball was just out of his reach.

Finally, Canfield senior captain Mike Mercure got out ahead of the Bulldog defense and put a good touch on the ball to make it 1-0.

Canfield junior Dom Palma got a good look, just before halftime, but he overshot it and the score remained 1-0 at the break.

Lakeview senior captain Jake Busefink knotted up the score 1-1 early in the second half. The Bulldogs and Cardinals exchanged possessions, and gave the necessary effort, as each team tried to take home the victory.

“We had a fight on our hands,” Canfield coach Christian Silvestri said. “It was a battle. We were able to pull it out late. Each game, I’d like us to play more consistent and with more confidence.”

Mercure looked like he’d put the Cardinals on top, but a great stop in net by Lakeview kept the game tied. Cardinal junior Zach Ahmed had a strong leg. His attempt was denied by another big-time stop from Lakeview before Schrock snuck in the game-winner.

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