SPRINGBORO — Northmont ran into a proverbial buzz saw Thursday night at Springboro. The Panthers’ senior forward Robert Marusko scored the first goal two minutes and 12 seconds into the match and senior forward Devin Crowley tallied the second goal 30 seconds later to start the scoring onslaught.
When the dust had settled Springboro handed the Thunderbolts a sound 7-1 defeat. With the victory the Panthers improved 3-1-0 while Northmont fell to 2-2-0.
Crowley, who finished the night with four goals, got the Panthers third goal with 31:58 remaining in the first half and senior Luke Armstrong made it 4-0 at half with a goal 57 seconds before intermission. At that point the game was all but over.
“It helps when you get two goals in the first two and half minutes of the game,” said Springboro Coach Paul Bohaboy. “I think our guys just gained momentum after that. They took a little bit of time trying to get settled in. When we play like that, especially in the midfield where we were winning a lot of balls we were really spreading out their back line, stretching it wide and we’ve got some guys that can really score and I think we proved that tonight.”
It also helps when you have an experienced team as well. The Panthers have 10 seniors and the rest are sophomores and juniors. Northmont on the other hand has a largely inexperienced team and it showed at Springboro.
Northmont’s only goal of the night came just 24 seconds into the second half when junior Brayden Haskell found the back of the net.
Crowley countered Haskell’s goal 34 seconds later to boost the Panthers’ lead to 5-1. Crowley scored again at the 29:16 mark and Brandon O’Malley, another senior, capped the scoring with 7:22 remaining to make the final tally 7-1.
“We got swept up in a tidal wave,” said Northmont Coach John Boucuvalas. “They played hard and they were out to get us. I think we were a little overconfident coming off our 2-0 win over Troy. I think we tried to play a little bit relaxed and just got swept away and before we knew it the game was almost out of hand. Their players were sky high and we panicking. I think our vulnerability is our inexperience.”
Boucuvalas went on to say that even though he has a young team the Thunderbolts have proved that they can play well.
“I think we just have trouble adjusting to adversity,” he said. “I think we’ve come together as a team, but this kind of reminds me of a baseball team when one person makes an error then everybody else starts making errors. They tend to feed off each other in a good way and a bad way, so I think we’re still a mystery. At times we get confident and we think we’ve got a really good squad and then we can turn around and get beat by anybody.”
He pointed out that the Thunderbolts got beat by Tipp City in preseason play 7-1 and then turned around and beat Columbus Bishop Watterson, which is a top team.
Northmont will play at Piqua on Tuesday, September 2 before returning home to face Butler on Thursday, September 4.