Flyers' soccer finishing strong; dominate homecoming game 6-1
By STEPHEN GLOVER
For the Call
One of the main goals this season for the Lindbergh High School boys' soccer team was to have a strong showing in October.
After a rough start to the season, the Flyers (6-8-1, 0-4) are finishing strong, racking up their second win of the month with a 6-1 thumping of Parkway North.
"It was really gratifying because it was a homecoming win," Flyers head coach Dan Dorsey told the Call. "We're really looking at October as being a new chapter in our season."
The Flyers notched their first goal of the game on a kick by senior sweeper Brian Tiefenbruck. The goal was his first of the 2004 campaign.
"What happened was that Parkway North was trying to clear the ball after a corner kick," Dorsey explained. "Brian struck a shot from about 25 yards out and that's really what got us going."
Later in the first half of play, the Flyers received a goal from junior striker Kyle O'Leary. The goal added to his team-leading eight goals and two assists, giving O'Leary 18 points on the season.
"Kyle scored on a nice assist from Nick Bigono," Dorsey said. "Nick had made a nice move along the end line and made a very unselfish pass to Kyle for the goal."
The second half was quiet until about the 20-minute mark when senior striker Frank Condellire notched his first of two goals of the night. Condellire is second on the team in goals with five and points, 11, this season.
"Frank is a first-year varsity player but is not new to the program," Dorsey said. "He didn't come out last year because he was sick during the tryouts. Frank's a pretty good athlete and worked pretty hard in the preseason and showed us a lot of things."
Also scoring in the second half for the Flyers was senior midfielder Sam Hackett, who tallied his second goal of the season, and senior midfielder Chris Holdman.
The Flyers scored often, but the defense has been tough lately. The Lindbergh de-fensive trio of juniors Matt Friedman and Aaron Belisle along with sophomore Ja-son LaRusso, have recorded four shutouts this season.
"None of these guys were in the starting backfield at the beginning of the season," Dorsey explained. "They've done a very nice job at stepping up and playing very solid defense. Myself along with the coaching staff have been impressed with the maturity of their play. They've definitely raised the level of our defense."