Weather dampens Argos 50th as Dragons dominate Faith Christian Academy

ARGOS — A night that started out as a celebration of 50 years of Argos soccer, with many alumni in attendance including members of that original team, was dampened by lightning in the area Friday night.  
The Argos Dragons only completed the first half of the game, but dominated for a 3-0 win against the Faith Christian Academy Eagles. Rain soaked most of the first half at Eugene Snyder Field, but the lightning held off until halftime. Disappointment could be seen on the Dragons’ faces as they hoped they could get back on the field to continue their dominating efforts, but the skies had other ideas. That disappointment was shared by head coach Todd VanDerWeele.
 “We could feel the energy of the crowd with the 50th anniversary going on. We were playing well, and there was a lot of fans,” said VanDerWeele. “It was disappointing that the weather decided to get in the way, but I was pretty happy with the way we played.”
The Dragons controlled the game from the very beginning, scoring an early goal off the foot of freshman Vincent Stone, as he looped it past the Eagles’ goalkeeper from about 25 feet on the left side. Senior Sean Mullaney set up the goal with a pass from midfield to hit the streaking Stone. Later in the 23rd minute, sophomore Spencer VanDerWeele hit junior Damon Brinkley as he was breaking up the right side, and he was able to punch it in for his 8th goal of the season.
VanDerWeele and fellow sophomore Chandler Campbell both had very good scoring chances after that as well but weren’t quite able to capitalize on them. Campbell tried to knock one in out of the air right in front of the goal, but it ricocheted off with too much velocity and ended up over the goal. The Dragons were able to add one more goal in the 40th minute as senior Dominic Cataldo fought through traffic and hit a low roller just past the out-stretched hands of the Eagles’ goalkeeper. Fellow senior Max Bailey assisted on the goal.
Coach VanDerWeele was pleased to see a well-balanced attack from his team.  “Going into this game we have scored 11 goals, and seven of those were from Binkley,” said the coach. “I was very concerned about that because he’s a good player, but we need to spread it out because we have to have other people scoring. Tonight I thought we were very balanced.”
Argos was able to possess the ball for the majority of the game, limiting the Eagles to only one shot on goal which came from a free kick just outside the goalie’s box. That shot was deflected just over the goal by Argos junior keeper Tylor Peters.  
The Dragons countered with four shots of their own in only one half of a game. Coach VanDerWeele was very pleased with his team’s performance in the rain- shortened game and would have loved nothing more than to keep that momentum and dominance going and finish out the game.  
“They were a pretty decent team, and we controlled the game for the most part. We pressured them a lot and they weren’t handling it well. I thought we possessed very well tonight,” said VanDerWeele.  “I think everyone played well. We have a lot of experience, and I really think everyone was there tonight. We were zoned in and focused and playing really well. We had a rough game Tuesday. I was a lot happier tonight than I was Tuesday the way we played.”  
Argos’ record now stands at 3-1 with the win, and they hope to continue this high level of play as they will play host the LaVille Lancers on Wednesday at 7p.m.
ACADEMY (Lafayette) 0      
At Argos
First half
Vincent Stone  (Sean Mullaney), 8th minute
Damon Binkley (Spencer Van Der Weele), 23rd minute
Dominic Cataldo (Max Bailey), 40th  minute
Shots on goal:  Argos 4, Faith Christian 1
Saves:  Argos 1 (Tylor Peters), Faith Christian 1 (Noah Paige)
Corners: Argos 3, Faith Christian 1
Fouls: Argos 4, Faith Christian 5
Records:  Argos 3-1