For the Newburgh Free Academy boys’ soccer team to have success this season, it’s going to take everybody.
Everyone contributed last Wednesday night, as the Goldbacks got goals from three different players in a 3-0 non-league win over the Beacon Bulldogs at Beacon High school.
“A goal boosts a kid,” Newburgh senior Steven Hernandez said. “When I score, I feel boosted. I feel energized. The other boys that scored should feel the same way.”
Hernandez provided a boost in the second half with the Goldbacks already leading, 1-0. He tucked a direct kick inside the right post, giving the Goldbacks a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute.
That gave Newburgh a chance to settle into the game, which was played at night due to the high heat indexes during the day. The game was originally scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
“It’s real nice being up two goals,” Newburgh coach Matt Iorlano said. “That allows us to get some guys a break, especially with the weather the way it is. We get other guys and get them an opportunity.”
Speaking of opportunity, Larry Robinson took advantage of his opportunity to play on the offensive side of the field. Normally a defender, Robinson came in the game in the 18th minute and blasted a shot past Beacon goalkeeper Matt Sandison for a 1-0 lead.
“That was nice to see a guy come off the bench and knock one in right away,” Iorlano said.
Yensel Granados scored the Goldbacks’ third goal in the 30th minute.
“After 2-0, we were more relaxed and more composed,” Hernandez said. “We weren’t as pressured as when we were 1-0. After it was 3-0, we were even more calm and were just playing our game.”
Expect the Goldbacks to spread the scoring throughout the season, as they don’t have one particular player that is expected to score 20 goals. Instead, they may have four or five players that score seven or eight.
Iorlano is perfectly fine with that.
“I always tell these guys in practice, ‘I don’t care who scores as long as we score,’” Iorlano said. “I don’t know if we have a 20-goal scorer on the team at this point, but if we can get balanced and have different guys doing their job and putting the ball in the net, I will take three any night.”
It was also the first shutout of the season for sophomore goalkeeper Isaac Ortega, who gave up one goal in the Goldbacks’ season-opening win over the Valley Central Vikings but gave up three in their loss to Bethlehem.
“He was much better than the other night in Monroe,” Iorlano said. “His decision making was better. He came out and he had a clue when he came out what he was going to do. The other night in Monroe, he came out a couple of times, he got in the middle and stopped. Against a good team, that’s going to hurt you.”
The Vikings had a week off after winning two of three non-league games to start the year and will play host to the Kingston Tigers on Wednesday night to open their Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I schedule.
“It’s a good boost for the team,” Hernandez said. “It’s just the third game of our season, we’re going to keep pushing, trying to get more wins and go for the section.”