By Benjamin Joe
The Kenmore West Blue Devils Varsity boys team was defeated by narrow margin to the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks in the first game of the season. The sole goal scored over all 80 minutes was made on a penalty kick by Tyler MacNeil.
While several drives were made by MacNeil, many of which drove the crowd of fans from North Tonawanda cheering, it was Zachery Yim who was tackled unceremoniously a few feet out of the box that put MacNeil in position to take the penalty kick.
“It feels good,” MacNeil said of making the shot. “Zach had a lot of power. I just put it in for us.”
The path to any victory is never easy, and along with the rest of the league, neither was the Lumberjack’s. Coach Rob Brocklehurst said that tryouts were a week late and the team had to hustle to make up the six practices required to run the first game of the season.
“We’re asking guys to step up for their game time,” Brocklehurst said noting that the team had lost 7 seniors last graduation and was working with a new goal keeper as well. ”We put out a well-conditioned team and we were able to walk away with a win today.”
NT’s next game will be a showdown with rival City of Tonawanda Warriors at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Tonawanda High/Middle School.