MARCELLUS — Marcellus came out of halftime refocused on its game plan.
The Mustangs added three goals to their already commanding lead in the first 10 minutes of the second half, as No. 7 Marcellus routed No. 10 Oneida, 7-2, in the first round of the Section III, Class B boys soccer tournament at Marcellus High School Wednesday.
Marcellus travels to play No. 2 Westhill Friday.
“I really just said to them ‘Do your job. You all have jobs to do. Do your jobs. Play two-touch. Play quick. Play ups and throughs and the stuff we’ve been training for all season long,’” Mustangs coach Mark Sundheimer said. “Once they settled down and started doing that, and realized the space was there … they took advantage of it.”
Sophomore David Bosak led the Mustangs' charge with a four-goal performance. Nate Kellar added a goal and an assist, Alec Stasyuk recorded two assists, Mike Provvidenti and Carter Austin rounded out the scoring and Nosh LaFever had one assist. Goalie Sam Hayduke made four saves for the win.
“He loves the game and every day he learns more about it,” Sundheimer said of Bosak. “He’s the type of kid that is watching a soccer match on TV while juggling (a soccer ball).”
Kellar opened the scoring 17:18 into the first half when he chipped in Austin’s feed from the side of the net, and Bosak scored his first goal of the night less than two minutes later.
The Indians answered with a goal on a penalty kick midway through the frame, but Bosak’s second goal gave the Mustangs a 3-1 lead heading into halftime.
Marcellus surged after the break. Provvidenti recorded a goal less than three minutes into the second half, and then Bosak finished off his first varsity hat trick one minute later and tallied another insurance marker with 31:34 remaining.
“They were playing a flat back four, so it was easy to get behind them,” Bosak said. “I just took advantage of that. I saw those runs that most teams wouldn’t let me do, and that helped a lot getting behind the defense.”
Austin extended the Mustangs’ lead to six midway through the half. Oneida scored with 13:11 remaining, but its comeback attempt fell well short.
Marcellus continues its postseason run with a game against Westhill Friday.
“It’s fortunate and unfortunate that (rivals) Skaneateles, Westhill and us are all in the same side of the bracket,” Sundheimer said. “At the same time, we’re going to earn it if we want to win a section title.
“We’re going to walk into the Westhill Warriors’ lions den and we’re really going to see if these boys have what it takes mentally to block it out and play their game.”