NORTH CLARENDON — Brothers Austin and Tyler Corey are relishing their one year of playing varsity soccer together for Mill River. It certainly was fun Tuesday in the Minutemen's 4-0 victory over Proctor.
Tyler, a freshman, had two goals and an assist and Austin had a goal.
"We've been waiting all our lives for this," Austin said. "I was thinking about this in grade school."
Proctor (1-2-1) is in a youth movement with four eighth graders on the team but the Phantoms stood up to the Minutemen for a long time, trailing just 1-0 at the half despite Mill River dominating those 40 minutes.
Proctor goalkeeper Solomon Parker and a defense led by Joe Valerio, Nate Greb and Jacob Perkins held the hard-attacking Minutemen off for the most part.
The goal finally came 7:07 before the half on a well placed shot into the corner by Tyler Corey.
The Phantoms did manage a shot 2:20 before the break and it came off the foot of Conner McKearin.
The Minutemen began finding the net in the second half. The first came about 14 minutes in. Aidan Botti got the ball to Caleb Flanders with Parker out of the net. A composed Flanders tapped it into the corner.
Tyler Corey struck again with 16:46 remaining, a blistering shot from 25 yards out.
The Corey brothers combined for the final goal on an indirect kick. Tyler, facing the wall of Phantoms, directed the ball just a few yards to Austin who finished it off from about the 18.
Keeper Tyler Regula earned the shutout with relief help late from Eliot Mason. Ian French spelled Parker late in the match for the Phantoms.
Mill River coach Shane Little gave kudos to Dan Graves for the way he distributed the ball in the middle of the field.
"He played very smart today," Little said.
He also felt the Minutemen got important contributions from Cam Smith in the midfield area.
"Now we are going to work on extending the field with him," Little said.
Austin Corey said the more production from the offense in the second half was in part a mental thing.
"We played with much more confidence. We were playing kind of scared in the first half," Austin said. "We also played as a team in the second half."
The loss dropped the Phantoms' record to 1-2-1.
Mill River hiked its mark to 2-2 and halted a three-game losing streak.
"We really needed a win," Little said.
"And Tyler and Austin are having fun together this year."
That was certainly the case on this day.