By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 6/23/19
WESTTOWN, Pa – Faced with a 4-1 deficit to SouthShore (N.J.) at halftime, Gaffer Elite (N.Y.) refused to panic in the championship game today of the 2020 AA division at the Victory Events Boys Summer Slam.
“It was a switch of mindset,” said Gaffer midfielder Aaron Tebo (Vestal, Binghamton commit). “We all work together and we’ve all been playing together for a while so we knew we could come back. We weren’t really afraid going down three. We’ve won it before why not again?”
Indeed, Gaffer scored six unanswered goals and claimed a 7-4 victory. Kevin Matson (Chenango Forks, ATT) scored three goals and Elon Friends (Corning, 6 saves) and Jonathan Goodspeed (Chenango Forks, 3 saves) stood out in goal.
“Mainly, we just really wanted it,” said Friends (Mercyhurst commit). “Once we realized we were down we had to just try harder and put our heart into it and we turned it around.
“We all play in the same section (Section 4) and against each other in high school. Getting to see each other in the summer and the fall … it’s a blast to play with some of the best players form the section.”
Gaffer Elite finished 5-0 in the tourney, downing The Swarm (FL), 6-5, in the semifinals.
“We definitely knew we could come back,” said Matson. “Our team chemistry is wicked good. After we started getting a few. we knew we had it in us and we just got on a roll.”