Trey Jasenski proved why he is one of the most dangerous strikers in Section II.
The Mohonasen senior scored on a breakaway with 2:34 left in the first overtime period to lift the Mighty Warriors to a 2-1 victory over crosstown rival Schalmont Monday in Rotterdam.
It's huge, said Jasenski, who leads Mohonasen with 19 goals. "It's a rival, and it's going to boost our morale for Sectionals."
"We've come to depend on Trey a lot," said Mohonasen coach Joshua Gregg. "I actually thought someone else was going to step up tonight, but Trey has always been there for us."
Jasenski had tried on several occasions to break through Schalmont's defense, but succeeded only twice. However, he scored both times he had a free shot to help Mohonasen (9-8-1) finish the regular season with a winning record.
"We contained him pretty well," said Schalmont coach Jason Beck. "He didn't have too many (scoring chances)."
Jasenski found his first seam less than three minutes into the second half. He charged down the left sideline and launched a tough-angle shot that tucked into the far right corner of Schalmont's goal to tie the game at 1.
Jasenski kept looking for another scoring opportunity in regulation, but Schalmont's defense denied him at every turn. Beck put two defenders on Jasenski all night, which neutralized Jasenski's attempts at creating openings with his fancy footwork on the dribble.
"You can't get too down on yourself," said Jasenski. "Chances come and go, and you have to capitalize on the chances you get."
Meanwhile, Schalmont (14-4) had trouble connecting on its scoring opportunities. After Carlo Viscusi got the Sabres on the scoreboard late in the first half, Schalmont misfired on several shots, leaving it vulnerable to a Mohonasen comeback.
"I thought we had more possession of the ball than they did. The ball just didn't bounce our way," said Beck.