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Osborn's second-half tally lifts Rochester to victory over its rival Adams WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Soccer - Boys - 8/30/2016 

Rochester Adams 0
Rochester 1
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ROCHESTER HILLS — With each team off to a strong start to the 2016 season, familiar foes and perpetual rivals Rochester and Rochester Adams met on the field Tuesday in a close-fought contest decided in the second half.

In the end, the Falcons capitalized on one prime scoring chance and it held up as the winner in a 1-0 road victory.

Rochester scored the game’s only goal with 23:26 to play in the second half when sophomore Grant Ellison carried the ball wide into the offensive zone and rifled a shot on goal, which Adams keeper Dylan Brown sprawled out to save. The rebound, however, squirted free for junior Sid Osborn to deposit in the net as he raced in uncontested.

“We talk about it all the time in framing with goal and crashing the net. If you put something on frame, something good is going to happen,” Rochester coach Chris Purgatori said. “We executed perfectly. Ellison did what he needed to do and Sid was in position like we talk about.”

Adams (3-2-1) had its share of opportunities as well, but its redirections in front seemed to skitter wide of the post as Rochester’s defense stood strong otherwise.

“I knew it was going to be another battle, a good cross-town game. It could have gone either way,” Adams coach Josh Hickey said. “I thought we had chances we just didn’t take advantage of. We had some sloppy mistakes on the defensive end, which cost us that goal.”

The Falcons’ senior goalkeeper, Brad Carlson, was briefly forced from the game after a full-speed collision with an Adams attacker late in the first half. Carlson returned for the second half, however, and continued to turn aside the Highlanders’ shots to maintain the shutout.

“Every single game we play in the OAA Red where we come away with points is a positive,” Purgatori said. “Overall, it was a great, great game by both sides.”

Rochester improved to 4-0 on the season and has now won each game by the same 1-0 score.

“We’ve been very organized in the back,” Purgatori said of the defense. “Through four games this season, we haven’t given up a goal. You look at that, I’m proud of us defensively.”

Up next, the Falcons will face Auburn Hills Avondale, while Adams will take on Warren De La Salle, both on Thursday.

Last Updated: 8/30/2016 9:23:28 PM EST

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