Lozito, returning after a two-game absence after suffering a concussion against Windsor, looked primed, dribbling through four defenders, using his size to sneak through the tightest of spaces, and gaining the 1-0 lead by burying a shot in the lower left corner in the 14th minute.
Lozito would score again in the 35th minute, shooting left to right in the box on a through ball from Dal Nesbitt for a 2-0 halftime lead. Coach Buddy Hayford was pleased to see his center midfielder captain pick up where he left off. “He came in with flying colors,” said Hayford. “That first one (goal) was vintage Colin. Very few have that gift where they use their size as a clear advantage to get through those small spaces.”
In the second half, the Wildcats turned it up, getting shots on nearly every opportunity in the offensive zone with clears past midfield kicked back in by midfielders Oscar Smith and Jeremy Hunt. Boule seemed like the only line of defense that the Slaters had, continually keeping his team in the game by making diving stops, and trying to rally his defense. Boule blocked Cade Nesbitt, playing up from his normal defensive spot for a shot in the 57th minute, but after touches by Troy Felisko and Dal Nesbitt, Lozito once again found the ball at his feet. Lozito took it through three defenders by switching direction twice and shot one into the upper right corner for the 3-0 lead.
Dal Nesbitt, who has been dominant in both assists and scoring through the first four games of the year, found the back of the net on a shot from the top left of the penalty box to the upper right corner to seal the 4-0 Wildcat advantage.
Hayford said that while his team played well without Lozito in the lineup for two games, they need to prepare for the tougher stretches of the season while avoiding the three “I’s:” Injury, illness, and ineligibility. “If we avoid the three I’s we’re full-blown ready to go, no excuses, for the next 10 games.” Hayford would also still like to find a consistent third scorer to complement the Wildcats’ “two-headed monster” of Nesbitt and Lozito.
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ARLINGTON- Twin Valley traveled to Arlington Wednesday evening, where they crushed the host Eagles 4-0 in the opener of the John Warner Tournament. Dal Nesbitt had three goals, and Nick Nilsen had one. Twin Valley has outscored their opponents 26-0 and extended their shutout streak to begin their season to five, surpassing last years opening streak of four. They play again Friday at 7 pm in Arlington in the championship game.