Livonia 4 Bath-Haverling 0
Call it an updated version of “the night the lights went out in …..Bath!” Tuesday (Oct. 6) night a pair of the top soccer programs in the area got together as both had hoped to preserve their chances of claiming a Livingston County Division One Title. But in order to do that, both teams needed “light!” That’s right….”ladies & gentlemen please don’t adjust your sets!” About 7 minutes into the first half one bank of lights over the Rams bench blew out causing some darkened conditions on that side of the field. As repairs were being made, 3 other banks of lights “blew!” The initial thought was “there goes the ballgame!” Following a waiting period an attempt was made to restart the lights & all but one of them came on. The 2 teams agreed to “play on” & that’s what they did. Livionia broke loose offensively in the 2nd half scoring all 4 of their goals enroute to a 4-0 shut out of the homestanding Rams in boys soccer at “the Rock!”
“Defense” was the “battle cry” of each team in the first 40 minutes as neither would allow the other to score. Each team had a minimal opportunity to score, but could not find the back of the net. Livonia finally break the ice at the 35:54 mark of the second half when senior Ryan Lutz took a direct kick from about 35 yards out & placed it just beyond the fingertips of the fingertips of the Rams leaping goaltender putting the orange & blue in front 1-0. A llittle over 3 minutes later ( 32:13) Morgan Brown would find Kyle Feldman who would double Livonia’s advantage. With 28:51 left in the game, the Bulldogs fired off of a corner kick from the right side. Tanner Pierce booted the ball towards the front of the near post, Morgan Brown got inside and headed the ball into the upper right side corner making it a 3-0 game. Later 12:47) left, a long pass came to Mark Brado who would be taken down in the box allowing Tanner Pierce to step in & fire a penalty kick into the upper left side corner to complete a 4-0 whitewash of the homestanding Rams.
Livonia (10-1) saw Bath (7-4-1) out shoot them 17-14, while the Rams held an edge in corner kicks 5-4, & in goal….Steve Binkowski had 7 saves for Bath, while Sebastian Bosh made 11 stops for Coach Ray Maxwell’s club. The Bulldogs host Hornell on Thursday (Oct. 8) at 7:30pm, as Bath hosts the same Red Raiders on Saturday night (Oct. 10) at 5pm in more Livingston County Division One play.