July 2, 2016

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Boys soccer: Bucks blast past underdog Rockets

YORK TWP — If ever a game went according to form, it was the boys soccer match between Buckeye and Streetsboro on Tuesday. The Bucks routed the Rockets 12-0 in a Kent Roosevelt Division II Sectional semifinal.

Not only did Streetsboro enter the contest with a 0-10-0 mark, but its record since 2004 was 6-109-2. Buckeye (12-4-1) outshot the Rockets 47-0 and had a 10-1 edge in corner kicks.

Danny Waters

“We are just now starting to get our program going,” third-year Rockets coach Paul Krzeminski said. “We do not have a feeder program. For a lot of players on our roster, this is their first year of competitive soccer.”

Buckeye, which will play at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy for a sectional title Saturday at 4 p.m., wasted no time taking advantage.

Less than a minute into the contest, Ryan Grauel scored on a pass from Tyler Yurik. After 6 minutes, the Bucks had stretched the lead to 5-0 on two more goals from Grauel and single markers by Yurik and Danny Oswald.

Soon after, Buckeye coach Joe Serio started unloading the bench and concentrated on having his team set up players who usually don’ t have opportunities to score.

“I would have rather we were playing a team with a 6-7-0 or 8-7-0 record,” Serio said. “But this is the way the draw went and I did not want to pour it on Streetsboro. It was a good chance to let other players share in some of the scoring glory.”

Foremost in the players’ minds was to set up Danny Waters for a goal. The senior defender did not play last year and this season played on the back line. He had never scored in a junior varsity or varsity game.

His teammates did their part, but for quite some time Waters could not get a break on his attack at the net. After 10 shots that were saved or hit a crossbar or post, Waters finally found the back of the net on a beautiful feed from George Rusinko early in the second half.

“That goal was my biggest thrill ever in soccer,” Waters said. “I had so many shots I was thinking, ‘Maybe I’m not supposed to score a goal.’ But when I finally put one home, I had the most enjoyment I’ve ever had playing soccer.”

Serio thought the way everyone pulled together to share goals and assists showed just what this team is about.

“There is no selfishness on our team,” he said. “Some of our big scorers could have very easily gone out there and scored five or six goals, but to them this team is not about individual stats. They know this is a team sport and instead of self glory, they went out and made plays to allow others on the team to share in the glory.”

Contact Ho Hoffman at sports@medina-gazette.com.