CUMBERLAND — Noah Buzzard scored in the opening minutes and the rest became a battle of defenses as Bishop Walsh remained unbeaten with a 1-0 victory over Hope for Hyndman Charter in high school boys soccer Wednesday afternoon.
Buzzard scored on an assist from Ethan Andreassen with 31:34 remaining in the first half. Buzzard, controlling the ball with his back to the goal, turned and pounded it into the right-hand corner just out of the reach of the Hyndman goalkeeper.
“I really felt like it was a game played between the 18s,” said BW coach Joe Rowan. “Both keepers played well, and the defenses didn’t give up many good looks to either team.
“It was also a tale of two halves. I thought we controlled most of the first half, and Hyndman controlled most of the second.”
With Buzzard missing time because of cramping, Carson Steiner moved to stopper in BW’s defensive set and was cited for outstanding play, as were midfielders Matt DiNola and Carter Barron, who came off the bench and gave the Spartans a big lift in the midfield.
“It was a physical game, the way both teams like to play,” said Rowan. “Without Noah, we were down to one senior. We have a really young team and it’s tough to win close games with young teams. Hyndman has a young team, too. They started two freshmen and we started two sophomores.”
Ryan Mowry excelled at center defender for Hyndman. “We tried to push the ball through a lot and he was able to take away a lot of them,” Rowan said.
The game was the first of five in a span of 10 days for Bishop Walsh (4-0), which begins City League play on Saturday against Allegany at Greenway Avenue Stadium. The jayvees play at 10 a.m. and the varsity at 11:30.