Game 5: Cleveland Demons 14, Pittsburgh Octane 5
The Demons moved to 5-0 on the 2015 season with a 14-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Octane in front of a packed house at the NC Soccer Club of Hudson.
Cleveland set the tone early when Steven Jones pushed the ball in transition and scored early in the 1st quarter. Back to back to back goals by Nate Jones pushed the lead to 4-0. Pittsburgh took a timeout to regroup, but rookie Chris Wancata was able to find the back of the net to push the lead to 4-0. Soon after, Nate Jones found David Blue up top for goal 6 mid-way through the 2nd quarter. The Octane tried to rally by scoring 3 2nd quarter goals, but Rory Jeffers scored unassisted in the 3rd and rookie Seth Wagner scored on a pass from another rookie Matt Milano to set up a Demons run. Tyler Murphy scored back-to-back goals. Brent Zubal, Andrew Vekstein, Steve Jones, and Nate Jones put the game out of reach with tallies in the 4th stanza as well.
Defensively, the Demons were outstanding again! Jon Hurm continues to be the anchor in the “D zone” with his leadership and physical style. Dan Clem, Eli George, Mark Sertich, and Kevin Werner have rounded into a tough defensive rotation. Rory Jeffers, Noah Bill, Jason Griffith, played the transition role well and gave the offense several key possessions. Sam Carmony dominated the face-off circle throughout the game. Chris Baus, coming off the street to fill the Demons cage, played extremely well and had big saves throughout the game.
The Demons would like to extend thank to the fans who came out to watch the home opener. Special mention goes out the members of the Junior Demons for helping out with the game (Nate Menendez, Luc Jambon, Matt Zelich, Spencer Kline, Pat Burdett, and Mitch Gray). With the win, the Demons are tied with Chicago on top of the CILL standings. Cleveland will host a CILL Play Day on Saturday September 12 with the Detroit Coney Dogs, Grand Valley State Box LC, and the Pittsburgh Octane playing a four game schedule.
Nate Jones 4, Steve Jones 2, Tyler Murphy 2, Chris Wancata, Seth Wagner, Andrew Vekstein, Rory Jeffers, Brent Zubal, David Blue