Pair Of Hat Tricks Lead Storm To Victory Over Knights

By: Meagan Schulz

NEW BERLIN – The Storm’s Dylan Nichols and Devon Fairchild both recorded hat tricks in Tuesday’s 7-2 win over Midstate Athletic Conference opponent Afton/Harpursville Crimson Knights.

Unadilla Valley had a strong start to the game as Fairchild received a cross from Nichols and tapped the ball past his defender before placing a shot by the Knights’ keeper Riley Livermore.

Fairchild added another goal less than ten minutes later, this time off an assist from colleague Geordan Keach, giving UV a 2-0 lead.

Fairchild wasn’t done.

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The third Storm goal of the first half was scored by Skot Lindholm, Fairchild’s head delivered the assist after teammate Cameron Osborne took a corner kick and sent the ball inside the box.

Unadilla Valley’s head coach Ryan Houck noted his team’s defense had a bit of a lull, which allowed Afton/Harpursville’s Brayden Baciuska – an eighth-grader listed on the roster – found the back of the net off a missed clear from the Crimson Knights’ corner kick.

In the second half, the Storm ran away with the win as Nichols scored three consecutive goals. The senior is currently in the hunt for the Unadilla Valley scoring record. He is four away from tying the school record, five away from setting the new bar.

Late in the second half, Fairchild completed his hat trick when he added one more to his statline.

The Knights were able to tack on a second goal when Hunter Baciuska tracked down an Elijah Baciuska free kick and placed the ball past an outstretched Brandon Kneale, UV’s goalkeeper.



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