Assistant Sports Editor
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Max Haar found the net twice and set up two more goals to help the Hoosick Falls Central School boys soccer team to a 5-1 win over Greenwich on Tuesday.
The Panthers got off on the right foot early, as Haar pinpointed a pass to Eric Kaufmann which the senior was able to hit home with just 10 minutes gone in the game.
"Max put the ball at my feet and I saw I had one defender to beat," Kaufmann said. "I pulled back, knew where the goalie was and put it by him."
The lead was almost doubled moments later on a corner.
Haar put his cross into the heart of the Greenwich box, and Drew Phillips rose above the crowd to meet the ball with his head. His shot seemed goalbound, but at the last moment the Greenwich goalie, Chris Robertson, was able to dive to his right and palm the ball away.
But the Witches could not keep the Panthers off the board for long.
In the 34th minute, Haar would get in on the action on a free kick by Tyler Gaines.
Gaines, who was deep when he took the kick, lofted his ball into the center of the box. Haar was there and, with his back to the goal, used the back of his head to direct the ball past Robertson and into the goal.
But the Witches would answer immediately.
On the restart, the Witches pushed the ball forward. Elliott Hansen lofted a ball in that the Panthers were not able to deal with. Tyler Matson got on the ball, and beat Noah Chani to make it 2-1.
"They are persistent," Greenwich coach Kevin Aierstok said of his side. "And that is all I ask. I just want them to keep trying."
The goal scoring for the half was not over yet, though.
With just under 10 to play in the half, the Panthers drew a free kick by the corner flag. Again Tyler Gaines stepped up to take it, and this time he found his brother, Justin, at the back post. Justin headed the ball down and into the arms of Robertson, but Robertson lost concentration for a momement and let the ball fall out of his hands and into the goal.
"It felt amazing," Tyler Gaines said of finding Justin for the goal. "I thought I over hit it at first, but then I saw Justin run in and find it at the back post."
In the second half, the Panthers needed 10 minutes to find the fourth goal that put the game well beyond Greenwich's reach.
It was the dynamic combo of Haar and Phillips at it again. With Haar taking a corner, the junior played the ball into the box and the senior was up to the task, carving out enough space to get his head on the ball and direct it into the net for a 4-1 lead.
The Panthers would add one more goal just before the midway point of the half.
Haar was again the man making something happen, as he picked up the ball outside of the penalty area before dribbling through the Greenwich defense and blasting a shot high at the near post.
The Panthers move to 9-0-2 on the year with the win, and 7-0-2 in the Wasaren League.