BRUNSWICK — It’s two shutouts and two wins for Brunswick’s boys soccer team, which dominated Amherst Steele 7-0 Thursday night in non-league action.
Kyle Hotz scored twice and Jesse Marinaro tallied a goal and set a school record with five assists.
“Two wins, no losses going into a very tough game over the weekend,” coach Ben Dotson said in reference to a game at Berea-Midpark. “I’m satisfied so far.”
The goals started early for the Blue Devils (2-0). Three minutes in, a Tyler Paalman throw-in landed at the feet of Jesse Marianut. A quick through-ball put Hotz in on goal and he finished.
Marinaro, who controlled the midfield all night, scored Brunswick’s second 12 minutes in. A through-ball found him wide of the goal. He settled the ball and dribbled past a defender before placing the ball past Amherst goalkeeper Pasha Stokes.
Two minutes later, Marinaro notched his first assist, with Gannon Foust getting the goal.
“I just find my guys when I can,” Marinaro said. “Then they do the finishing. They make my job easy.”
Paalman got another chance for a goal soon after. A Marianut ball put Paalman in and he made no mistake, touching around Stokes and finishing into the empty net.
With 23 minutes left in the half, Marinaro played Cory Gilbert out wide. Gilbert looked to cross, but a slip sent the ball floating off his foot and into the side-netting for the Blue Devils’ fifth score.
In goal, Brunswick’s Gavin Leindecker did not have much more than catching practice, but a flurry of Comet pressure late in the half called him to action. A shot from Amherst’s Andrew Schneider forced Leindecker into a diving save. Seconds later, an errant through-ball brought him out of the box to blast clear.
“The best thing about Gavin is he’s good with his feet, so he stays tuned into the game,” Dotson said. “If you look at the game against Akron Ellet — and this is how you tell the difference between a good goalkeeper and an average one — they had a set-piece where they were on the ball early and our defense wasn’t ready, but Gavin was right there.”
Brunswick picked up the scoring again early in the second half. Marinaro controlled the ball from a short corner kick and played to Alex Becka to smash past Wes Lewis.
With 26 minutes left, the Comets had their best chance. Max Varouh dribbled in on goal and touched past the charging Leindecker, but Brunswick’s Dylan Castro recovered and shielded Varouh off as the shot went wide for a goal kick.
Two minutes later, a Marinaro free kick from 35 yards forced Lewis to tip the ball over the bar. On the ensuing corner, another short ball let Marinaro dribble in before laying the ball to Hotz for Brunswick’s final score.
“Five goals in 20 minutes, you’ve got to be pleased,” Dotson said.
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Brunswick 7, Amherst Steele 0
AMHERST 0 0 — 0
BRUNSWICK 5 2 — 7
B — Kyle Hotz (Jesse Marianut), 37:01.
B — Jesse Marinaro (Marianut), 27:57.
B — Gannon Foust (Marinaro), 26:15.
B — Tyler Paalman (Marinaro), 21:41.
B — Cory Gilbert (Marinaro), 22:55.
B — Alex Becka (Marinaro), 36:27.
B — Hotz (Marinaro), 24:00.
Shots on goal — Amherst 8, Brunswick 22. Corner kicks — Amherst 1,Brunswick 7. Saves — Pasha Stokes (A) 7, Wes Lewis (A) 3, Gavin Leindecker (B) 6. Records — Amherst (0-3), Brunswick (2-0). Junior varsity — Brunswick 3, Amherst 0.
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