Mount Olive’s McEvoy scores six goals in win over Mendham

MENDHAM — Even without talking to him it’s easy to see that Tyler McEvoy is a morning person.

The senior midfielder made it obvious by exploding for six goals and Mount Olive put in a dominating performance in a 10-3 triumph over Mendham on Saturday morning.

Conor Buoye, Chris Sanchez, Anthony Verrone and Eric Weiss also connected for goals and goalie Brandyn Merkle stopped 13 shots to lift the Marauders to 6-0 on the season. Sophomore Will Robinson scored twice and Marcus Griffin added a goal for the Minutemen (3-3).

McEvoy couldn’t wait for the game to start and it showed. He pumped in three of his team’s five first-quarter goals. The Marauders took charge on the Minutemen’s turf and took a 6-0 lead into halftime.

 

Mount Olive’s Tyler McEvoy takes a check from Mendham midfielder Will Robinson during Saturday’s contest.

“I am a morning person,’’ McEvoy said. “I was up at five this morning.

“We knew this was going to be one of the biggest games. We came out real hard and everyone was really fired up. We ended up sticking a couple early.’’

Hours before the game started, members of the Marauders offensive unit met on the Mount Olive turf field in an attempt to figure out how to get the ball past Mendham’s Syracuse-bound goalkeeper Tyler Avallone. The Minutemen athlete has terrific size and good reflexes so the Marauders marksmen would need a strategic approach to put the ball in the back of the net.

 “Each of us must have shot about 300 bounce shots trying to keep it low and put it by his ankles and it seemed to work out for us,’’ McEvoy said.

 

Mendham goalkeeper Tyler Avallone doesn’t make it easy for offensive-minded opponents.

Much like the way he played during the Marauders successful basketball season, McEvoy loves to ratchet up the intensity. His dodges are quick and decisive and he has no qualms at unleashing his shot whenever he finds some space.

McEvoy said his offensive output on Saturday was inspired by his team’s defense.

“Offense and defense feed off of each other,’’ McEvoy said. “(Senior goalkeeper) Brandyn Merkle inspired me. Great clears, he saved everything. It was a big factor for us.’’

Mount Olive scored four goals in the first six minutes. McEvoy had three of them including two unassisted scores. The ability of Mount Olive to connect took Mendham out of its game and limited the touches of talented sophomore midfielder Will Robinson.

Mendham looked like it might start to rally midway through the third quarter when the Minutemen cut its deficit to 7-2, put some quality shots on Merkle and drew a Marauders push with possession call with 2:20 left.

Mendham midfielder Scott Smullen tries to ignite the Minutemen’s transition game.

However,Mount Olive was up to the challenge. A Merkle save helped kill the penalty and seconds later McEvoy connected on his fifth goal of the game. He spun against his defender and found a corner of the net with a hard, low lefty shot to make it 8-2 with 1:01 left in the period. Mendham never regained its momentum.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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