HARRISON TWP. -- If you glance at the box score, you see three stellar scorers on the Clearview roster.
While the Pioneers thrive in attack, they are quick to credit their defense with starting the scoring opportunities.
That was on display in Clearview’s 14-7 win over Mainland in the South Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals on Friday.
“The defense is the strongest aspect of our team,” Clearview’s four-goal scorer Sean McAllister said.
McAllister and Tyson Burbank each scored four goals in the victory, while Aidan Burns chipped in three of his own.
The three-pronged scoring attack has caused problems for opposing defenses all season.
“It’s tough for them to cover us because we have three attackers who can score consistently so they really don’t know how to distribute the defenders,” Burbank said.
Clearview benefited from a fast start propelled by McAllister, Burbank and Burns to put the game away by halftime.
“That’s the most important thing, how you start off the game,” McAllister said. “If we start off with momentum and follow it throughout the game, the chances of winning are high.”
One of the reasons why scoring can be so easy for the Pioneers is the play of Chase McFeeley, who starts most of the attack from the back.
“Really it starts with the save down at our end by Chase and then our clear and transition,” McAllister said. “If we have a good transition and clear, then usually that creates opportunities and makes it easy for us.”
Clearview now takes its momentum into the South Jersey Group 3 semifinal against Moorestown.
“Our coach repeats it every game. Head, heart and hustle,” McAllister said. “Those three things will win us the game.”
Mainland 3 0 1 3-7
Clearview 3 6 2 3 -14
Mainland: Colin Cooke (3), Dominic Gagliardi (2), Patrick Taylor, Brandon Batz.
Clearview: Sean McAllister (4), Tyson Burbank (4), Aidan Burns (3), Aidan Burrow, Evan Niewoehner, Justin Kill.