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Saugus saves win over W.R.

Goalkeeper Noah Maynard makes game-clinching save in final seconds

Posted: January 21, 2014 10:52 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2014 10:52 p.m.

Saugus goalkeeper Noah Maynard, left, makes a game-clinching save on Brendan Moskal of West Ranch, right, to hold Saugus' lead at Saugus High on Tuesday.

 

Saugus Centurions goalkeeper Noah Maynard was happy to declare his feelings after an emotional Foothill League win.

“We deserved it,” the senior said.

Maynard saved a penalty kick attempt with a few seconds to play to preserve a 2-1 win for Saugus boys soccer over the West Ranch Wildcats on Tuesday at Saugus High.

The game-clinching, diving save on Brendan Moskal’s put the cherry on top of an outstanding day for Maynard, who finished with 10 saves against an aggressive West Ranch attack.

The Wildcats were awarded the PK after a free kick was sent into the box and Saugus’ Liam Sikich was called for a hand ball.

Saugus players argued that West Ranch was called offside on the same play, but the controversial call ended up being irrelevant.

“Noah just came up huge,” said Saugus head coach Seth Groller.

The victory puts Saugus at 9-7-0 overall and tied with Hart for first place in the Foothill League at 2-1-0.

The Centurions were coming off a 6-0 loss to Hart on Friday, which increased the importance of Tuesday’s bounce-back.

“After losing 6-0, we needed to win this one,” said Saugus forward Danny Macias, who scored both of his team’s goals in the first half.

The first score came in the 22nd minute when Sikich flipped the ball from the left side into the box and directly in front of Macias, who tapped the ball over the head of West Ranch goalkeeper Nic Wolthers for the 1-0 lead.

“Today is how we usually play with the intensity trying to create offense for us,” Groller said.

Ten minutes after the first goal, Macias took matters into his own hands when he took a ball high in the air and settled it perfectly in front of himself at around midfield.

He then took off and beat West Ranch’s defense in a one-on-one situation to set up his right-footed rocket from roughly 15 yards out.

Saugus led 2-0 late in the first half.

“Today we started out very slow and very lethargic, and it cost us,” said West Ranch head coach Fausto Arana.

The Wildcats (4-6-2, 1-1-1) came out of the break with a much more attack-minded approach, at one point moving defender Rhys Weatley up as an extra forward.

After managing just two shots in the first half, West Ranch had seven in the second.

The only one that went in was Weatley’s header off Moskal’s corner kick in the 59th minute.

Other than that, Saugus’ defense and Maynard held their ground.

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