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Irvington entered Wednesday's match against Sleepy Hollow fresh off its worst defensive outing of the season. The Bulldogs gave up a season-high six goals in a lopsided loss to Edgemont on October 6.
Needless to say, they tightened the screws considerably against the Headless Horsemen.
With a 2-0 shutout victory at Mercy College, Irvington (7-4) successfully completed a season sweep against Sleepy Hollow (2-7-1). The Bulldogs knocked off the Headless Horsemen, 3-0, in the first meeting.
"(The defense) played really well and didn't let anything go through," Irvington's Sam Farman said. "They probably saved the game for us."
Farman provided the final knockout punch on offense. The sophomore midfielder scored his first varsity goal in the 41st minute, volleying in a cross from Joao Barreto. It extended Irvington's lead to 2-0 and provided some welcome breathing room.
"(Barreto) crossed the ball in and the goalie hit it out and I was there to finish it," said Farman, who has totaled a team-high four assists in 2012.
Jon Goldreich rounded out the scoring for Irvington, burying the game's first goal in the 10th minute. Like Farman, he was setup via a cross from Barreto, who notched his first two assists of the year.
"(Barreto) got a great ball down the right side of the wing and beat his man," Goldreich said. "He put a great cross in and I was just there to finish it."
The Bulldogs' tenacious defense took care of the rest, completely minimizing Sleepy Hollow's attack. Keeper Matej Sis was forced to make just two saves as he recorded his fifth clean sheet of 2012.
"Our midfield possessed very well and our defense didn't let anybody get the ball or get any shots off," said Goldreich, who is second on the team in scoring with five goals and three assists. "We took full advantage of our two chances that we got and came out with the victory."
After starting the season 0-3, victories have become commonplace for the Bulldogs. They are now 6-1 over their last seven games and appear to be peaking at the opportune time.
"If we keep working on keeping possession of the ball and our defense doesn't let anything through, I think we have a really good shot at doing well," Farman said.