Meadville coach Nate Bahurinsky was proud of his team after the game. There wasn’t too much to be disappointed in, considering the final score was 7-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
“It was the best 80 minutes we played all year,” said Bahurinsky.
An all-around great performance led Meadville to the convincing win over Region 5 foe Franklin at Bender Field on Tuesday night.
Meadville improves to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in region play. Franklin drops to 1-6 and 1-3 in Region 5.
It didn’t take very long for the Bulldogs to tally a goal. Just three minutes into the game, Konner Sayre fired a shot that Franklin goalkeeper Jonathan Leccia couldn’t corral.
Starting at the midfield, Meadville was able to work the ball down low early and often. This led to 14 shots in the first half and 15 more in the second half, compared to just six total shots for the Knights.
Just two minutes after Sayre’s goal, the Bulldogs found a second. This time a corner kick led to the ball dropping to Alex Woods, who buried a no-doubter into the top right corner of the net.
“Austin (Granda) and (Woods) just did amazing. When you control (the midfield) it just gives you chances to attack,” said Bahurinsky.
Ali Laylani made it 3-0 Meadville off a nice move to cut in front of goal. The score remained the same for the rest of the first half.
There was still another half to play, but rather than drop back and play defense, Meadville continued the attack. Five minutes in, Logan Gregor tapped in a header off a rebound.
Gregor would score two more goals in two different ways in the second half, one off a rebound with his right foot and another by sliding it under Leccia with his left.
“Logan Gregor scored one with his right, one with his left and one with his head,” laughed Bahurinsky.
Then a long lead pass was dished perfectly to Austin Granda, whose tap in shot found the twine making it a comfortable 7-0 lead.
Mark Conrad made five saves to get the shutout win in net.
“Just everybody top to bottom, they worked as a team, they communicated, they played solid defense, they controlled the midfield,” Bahurinsky said. “They put it together tonight.”