Posting his third shutout of the year, Joe Maia
stopped several point blank shots in Norton’s 2-0 win against Medway
(6-1-2) yesterday in a battle of previously undefeated teams. The win
moved Norton (7-0-2) into first place in the Tri-Valley
Medway came out strong in the first half and had
Norton pinned in their own end for much of the first 15 minutes. Less
than two minutes into the game, Joe Maia found himself face-to-face with
a Medway striker five yards from the net,
but was able to turn away the chance. The big save seemed to energize
Norton as they began to turn the pressure the other way.
In the final minutes of the first half Norton carried the play and had
Medway on the defensive. With less than ten seconds remaining in the
first half, Matt Bukowski layed off a perfect pass to a charging Wayne
Belcher who drilled home what proved to be the
game winner from twenty yards out.
The second half was back and forth with both teams getting chances to
score. Norton's defensive back four of Noah Lach, Matt Erickson,
Elliott Ariola and Jared Kahn worked together to keep Medway's potent
scorers off the board.. Norton's finally iced the
game when Jonathan Lach cut around two defenders and crossed to ball to
a wide open Matt Bukowski for a blast into the upper 90, and into 1st
Norton's next game is Friday at home vs Medfield where they look to avenge one of their two ties.
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