Bucks County Herald

Bucks silence Titans


Tip your hat to Tarin Morris.

The standout Central Bucks West senior midfielder scored a hat trick on Tuesday afternoon at Central Bucks South. The 5-1 win kept the Bucks a perfect 6-0, and 3-0 in the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference, in their first half-dozen games.

“They are being themselves,” CB West head coach Stefan Szygiel said. “This is a really nice group of guys.

It’s a pretty strong core of juniors with a good amount of varsity experience. We have a great senior class with guys willing to accept their roles and two very high level players in C.J. Lang and Tarin Morris. We have a supporting sophomore class and even a freshman (James Lutz) out there who was a nice surprise from preseason.”

Morris’ first goal came from Luke Fehrman after a nice deep ball by Bailey Moyer seven minutes in. Goal No. 2 was straight on five minutes later. Alan Zlotin assisted.

“The first, Luke Fehrman had it right to me,” said Morris, who has eight goals on the year. “I credit all of my goals to the assisters.”

Sandwiching CB West’s second goal, CB South goalkeeper Brady Day stoned two hard offerings from Colin Burn. Burn got his point in the 32nd minute, heading to Zlotin, who scored, giving CB West its 3-0 halftime lead.

Szygiel made some adjustments at halftime.

“We flip-flopped the wingers to give a different look,” he said. “Defensively, we talked about making the formation a little tighter in transition.”

Kyle Holt’s one-timer from Zlotin in the 49th minute made it 4-0.

“The third one was a light tap in,” Zlotin explained. “I put my body in front. With four, I tapped to Holt and he took the shot.”

CB South junior R.J. Visco scored in the 58th minute, and CB West ’keeper Dylan Smith needed a nice save off of Kyle Rychlak’s foot to keep the score at 4-1.

Morris got his hat trick with 18:50 remaining.

“I had a great ball from Holt and I credit it all to him,” Morris exclaimed.

“One thing we’ve talked about lately is the delayed run,” Morris continued. “When the ball is on the left side of the field and I’m on the right side, someone will pick their head up and I’ll make that run through the backline. We’ve scored countless goals this season with that.”

“We’ve executed the past couple of games,” added Zlotin, who has two goals and four assists.

CB West has outscored opponents 17-3 and is the front-runner to win the SOL Continental after a dramatic, come-from-behind overtime W over North Penn.

CB South’s Day recorded seven saves. Smith had three saves while Brendan Gibbons added a fourth for CB West.

“We’ve had some good additions,” Smith explained. “Bailey Moyer has come in. He and James Lutz were huge adds for us and the defense. We’ve done a good job of getting the ball and staying calm and collected.”

Communication has also fueled the Bucks’ success; leader Smith makes sure that long periods of silence are rare.

“Little notes in the ear keep us focused on the game, so, hopefully, we’re not slipping up too much,” Smith said. “The spine of our team: (defender) C.J. Lang and Bailey are communicative. Tarin in our midfield and Alan up top have been huge in taking hold of each section of the game.”

CB South (1-3-1, 1-2 SOL Continental) travels to William Tennent on Thursday. Chris Griffin leads the Titans with three goals.

“We have to have a better effort mentally and physically,” CB South head coach Don Brady said. “But CB West was a really strong side [on Tuesday] and they connected their passes well. We didn’t solve the problems we needed to solve to keep us in the game.

“I think we have to use it as motivation to move forward,” Brady added. “We’re a young team and we need to learn quick lessons and move on.”

The Bucks will get six days off after their first six games; they next take to the pitch on Monday for a home clash against Central Bucks East at 7 p.m.

“They care about each other and what we’re trying to accomplish,” Szygiel said. “I don’t think there is anyone who cares about their individual stats. They just want to play and they genuinely enjoy playing together.”



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