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Ford blanks Troy Athens, 1-0 PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEO

  • Ford's Javier Steinwascher plays the ball away from two Troy Athens players during the first half of Tuesday night's non-league game. (Photo Gallery by Kevin Lozon)
It was a Steinwascher night for Fordís soccer team.

Falcon junior Javier Steinwascher scored the only goal in Ford's 1-0 non-league win over visiting Troy Athens, while his cousin, senior Connor Steinwascher, relieved starting keeper Frank Catanzaro 10 minutes into the first half, and made eight saves over the final 70 minutes, preserving the shutout.

"It's a good win because the (Oakland Activities Association) is always so strong," Ford coach Teri Steinwascher said. "I know Troy Athens lost a lot of guys, but they're still old. They have veterans, but they didn't play as much last year because of all those seniors they had. They're still a great team."

Javier Steinwascher scored off a crossing pass from teammate Alek Nestorovski with 29:03 left in the match.

"It was a good goal," Steinwascher said. "Javier has that touch and that's what he brings to the table. Alek did a great job keeping his head up and getting that through ball onto Javier's foot. That's where we've been struggling at, taking too many touches."

"I kept Connor in there because he's the back-up keeper and he doesn't train back there much," Steinwascher added. "That was his training for the preseason. He's an excellent goalkeeper."

The goal was only the second shot on goal for the Falcons, who didn't record their first shot on net until the second half. Conversely, the Red Hawks had 10 shots on goal for the game, had one goal called back on an offside call shortly before Steinwascher scored, and hit the post on a breakaway with 3:30 left in the opening half.

"It is frustrating, especially when Ford came down and scored right after what we thought was the go-ahead goal that was called offside," Red Hawk coach Todd Heugh said. "It's a young season and we're a relatively inexperienced team. We're playing a tough schedule and some good teams. We're still trying to find our way.

"We're creating scoring chances and that's a good thing," Heugh added. "We're firm believers that when the goals start coming, they'll come in waves."

Red Hawk goalkeeper Mason Maziasz made three saves in the match as Troy Athens fell to 3-1-2 overall this season.

"We have to work on being patient and finishing our scoring opportunities," Heugh said. "We're playing a nice brand of soccer still and just have to keep pressing on."

The win improved Ford's record to 2-0-0 this season. Steinwascher said she believes her team will get better as the season goes on.

"We both had scoring opportunities, but it's still early and we're not in that mode yet," Steinwascher said. "We also have to work on team defending and being able to be smarter on counter attacks."

Last Updated: 9/2/2014 10:26:33 PM EST

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