By Jeremy Balan
University High School dominated from start to finish in its 11-1 Bay Counties League win over Lick-Wilmerding at Paul Goode Field on Tuesday.
Riding a five-goal performance from junior attackman Matt Garardi, along with two goals and four assists from midfielder Bear Mistele, University controlled possession throughout and often appeared to score at-will.
The Red Devils scored twice in the first quarter (both goals scored by Garardi and assisted by Mistele) and rallied for six goals in the second quarter to put the score well out of reach by halftime.
“We came out a little slow,” said University Co-Head Coach Nick Lockwood. “In the first quarter we weren’t finishing our opportunities, but as the second and third quarters came, we did the right things, got in the right spots and finished the shots.”
University’s Will Dawley also had a solid contribution for the Red Devils, with three consecutive goals in the second quarter.
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possession and tempo was the play of midfielder Noah Handel, who dominated on faceoffs, at one time winning seven consecutive draws.
“Noah’s done that for us all year,” Lockwood said. “Very few teams have been able to beat him on a consistent basis. That’s the name of the game. If you can make it take it.”
While the University offense flourished, Lick-Wilmerding struggled to get into a position to score for most of the game. The Tigers’ lone goal came from sophomore midfielder Carlos Carranza with 5:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“We’re just young and our shooting was off,” said Lick-Wilmerding Head Coach John Hutchinson. “[University] is just a class above us right now.”
Junior goaltender Yonah Levy did his best to keep the Tigers in the game, making 11 saves.
“He got the game ball,” Hutchinson said. “The ones that he had a chance to save, he made. He kept us in the game.”