By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, wellsvillesports.com. Photo by STEVE HARRISON
HORNELL — The Lions of Wellsville would do everything in their power to keep host Hornell right where they wanted them. Through what was a scoreless battle in the first half, the action was beginning to shift gears on the way back out onto the field.
That would be a resurgence in offense for the Red Raiders, as they went on a goal-scoring spree by netting all four of their goals in the last 40 minutes of play, two in the last five minutes to help seal up the 4-0 shutout victory at Maple City Park to capture their seventh win in their first eight games.
It would begin in the first 10 minutes after halftime for Hornell off a corner kick deep in the Wellsville (4-6) zone. With Liam Khork electing to take the kick off to the left of the Lions net, he would send it in ever so perfectly to the front where a Wyatt Argentieri header met the ball to send it home for the 1-0 lead.
The second half jettings would continue after a battle with Wellsville across the field for the next 20 minutes. After a short pass up the field from Wyatt Evingham to Shawn Rose, a third and final pass was shifted along to Jack Emo on the right side, scoring his first of two goals to the far right post at the 15:44 mark to add on a piece of crucial insurance.
The Red Raiders would go on to add two more goals in the last five minutes of play to seal the victory for good, with an Argentieri boot in from 30 yards away. As Logan Dunbar was jumping up to make the save, the ball would slip through his grasp and then onto the foot of Mason Terwilliger, who would find the wide open net shortly after with five minutes to go.
Emo would then follow suit with his second of the game two minutes later, picking up a pass from Cody Cardamone on the way in and then, used his legs to weave and shimmy his way past the Lions defense to let a perfect shot to the far right post go into the net to cap off a 27-shot night of offense for the Red Raiders.
Dunbar would conclude the game with 23 saves in between the posts for the Lions.