A step in the right direction

Ben Hyjek (3) heads the ball in for the first Gateway goal early in the first half against visiting Granby Thursday. (Photo by Chris Putz)

HUNTINGTON – After just one win, it is apparent that the Gateway Regional High School boys soccer team is nearly a step ahead of its time.
Ben Hyjek scored two goals, Jake Thayer delivered two assists, and Gateway turned back Granby 4-1 Thursday. With the win, the Gators (1-0) equaled their win total from a year ago when they tallied just one win and two ties.
“We’re already as good as a year ago,” Gateway coach Tim Gamble said, jokingly. “Everybody played offense, everybody played defense. We were strong up the middle from goaltending, defensively to playmakers. We gave up a goal and came back with four. We were doing something right.”
A scramble out in front of the net resulted in Granby’s lone score, a Tyler Sudbury shot, early in the first half.
Gateway responded.
Hyjek lofted a header off a pass from Zach Otterbeck for a game-tying goal. Matt Morin set up Joel Sekarski for a go-ahead goal soon thereafter.
In the second half, Hyjek notched his second score. Evan Lee scored an insurance goal. Thayer assisted on both plays.
“We came out with a vengeance, we came out hungry,” said coach Gamble, who noted a strong effort from some first-year varsity players.
Jon Folley (3 saves) and Preston Coffey (2) combined for five Gateway saves. Folley made a nice save on a breakaway and Coffey made a key second half stop on a direct kick.

Rams prevail
Southwick def. Franklin Tech 25-18, 25-27, 25-13, 25-10

Kaitlyn Haseltine (12 aces, 12 assists, 4 kills, 1 dig), Kayla Andrade (6 assists, 4 digs, 3 kills, 1 ace), Jen Motsko (5 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs), and Vicky Burkovskiy (4 aces, 3 kills, 3 blocks) led Southwick to victory.

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