By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, wellsvillesports.com
WELLSVILLE — The Bath-Haverling Rams have been Section V’s dragon in Class B for the last four seasons running — the powerhouse of powerhouses. With the majority of their incredible puzzle pieces now out the door from Graduation, the future is now.
Thursday night marked the first time that Wellsville would go toe-to-toe with the Rams, and for most of the opening half, the battle was on throughout the midfield. It was a slow-burning 40 minutes, but towards the tail end of it, the pendulum began to shift towards a favoring side.
That slow burn would turn into an offensive inferno that was maintained going into the second half, where a two-goal lead doubled into four while the Bath-Haverling defense continued to keep Wellsville off the board, rolling toward an eventual 4-0 victory in the Lion’s Den.
Both teams went back and forth fighting for possession in the midfield for much of the first half of play, as each side garnered a few opportunities along the way. The bulk of those chances came from the Rams, who wound up tilting the momentum in their favor down the homestretch with 10 minutes to go.
The build-up of pressure would ultimately lead it towards a burst, as the Rams scored two goals in the last six minutes of play, with their first stemming off a Logan Dunbar goal kick to midfield. The ball was intercepted by the Rams offense and sent back down the field on a long hail mary from Gavin Rounds, finding a streaking Spencer Wheeler breaking away from the Wellsville (4-7-1) defense on the way in for the score at the 6:15 mark.
After the goal, the momentum remained with the visiting side of the field, as they added one more goal before the half was over from Zach Musso, who streaked his way past the Lions defense after a Michael Binkowski pass from the near sideline behind him, stretching the ball across and towards the far post to add more to their buffer zone.
Wellsville was not able to find a response for Bath-Haverling’s offense in the second half. As a result, the Rams would finish off the goal-scoring themselves with two more goals — a Rounds interception-and-score in front of the Lions goal after an attempted clear near midway, and later a Binkowski netter with 10:28 left to play directly in front of the net to seal the game away for good.
Further statistics were not made available upon publication.