Bulldogs vs the Dragons


David Cinco and Zack Morocco


This past week the Poland Seminary High School boys’ varsity soccer team played against the Ashtabula Lakeside High School Green Dragons and the Niles Mckinley High School Red Dragons. On Tuesday September 26th, Poland beat the Lakeside 2-0.

Scoring first for the Bulldogs in the first half was Senior Captain Reed McCreery with an assist from sophomore Jake Bacon who sped past their defender on a break-away then sending the ball to McCreery.  Scoring the other goal for the bulldogs was Bacon assisted this time by McCreery.  Senior varsity goalie, Rhys Jones, made 5 saves for the Bulldogs. Our offense had 24 shots and ten shots on target.

Head Varsity Coach Brian Garcar had little to say about Tuesday’s performance.  “We could have played better, but we still won.”

On Thursday September 28th, the Bulldogs beat the Red Dragons 8-0.  

Scoring for the Bulldogs were McCreery, senior Noah Cartwright, two goals by Senior Captain Matthew Slepski,two more goals scored by Bacon, junior Rocco Parente and final goal of the night was scored by senior David Cinco. The first two goals were scored in the first ten minutes of the game.

Assists were made by McCreery, sophomore Adam Rumble, junior JP Allsopp, senior Victor Ditommaso, junior Sam Scotford and sophomore Bailey Swogger. No goals were scored in the second half.  The defense was a big help for senior varsity goalie, Rhys Jones, who only needed to make three saves.  Sophomore goalie Zack Nemeth had it even easier with two saves.  The offense put up 25 shots and 15 shots on target.

“The team made a lot of improvements and played very well,” Garcar stated, reflecting on Thursday’s game.

Regarding the overall season he states, “It’s good. We lost to some good teams and made improvements after those games. We’re heading into tournament time, and we’re ready to reach the peak of our potential.”    

On October 3rd and 5th, the team plays the Lakeview High School Bulldogs and the Ashtabula Edgewood High School Warriors.  Garcar said Tuesday is a conference game against a state-ranked team, and that he and his team are ready to go in confidently and play well.  When asked about the game following, he responded that he is taking care of Tuesday first before worrying about Thursday.