WEST CHESTER - According to West Chester Henderson's Cody Pascale, the sophomore never scored five goals in a "real' game.
Pascale had five in a scrimmage once, but this game was of a little more significance.
Especially against rival West Chester Rustin.
Pascale scored a career-high five goals, giving him a team-high 26 for the season, as Henderson used a dominant first half to defeat Rustin 13-5 at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium Thursday night.
Pascale created plenty of one-on-one opportunities against Rustin goalie Kyle Mullin throughout the night.
As the results showed, he didn't miss.
"They weren't too strong on the second side, so once I could beat the first man, it was just one-on-one with the goal,' Pascale said. "It was really cool to be able to get that total (5 goals). It was just awesome.'
Pascale's biggest impact came with under two minutes left in the third quarter. Rustin's Jack Muliawan led the Golden Knights back in the game with two goals in a 52 second span to cut Henderson's lead to 8-4.
Once Henderson (4-2, 7-7) regained possession, all Pascale needed to do was get a shot off.
"He's a little unorthodox,' said Henderson head coach Paul Stankewicz. "He's a page tuner and is going to try stuff to change things. It's unique.'
Pascale ended any chance Rustin had of getting back in it with two goals in 37 seconds as Henderson led 10-4 at the end of the third. The deficit became too big for the Golden Knights to overcome.
Henderson created that huge lead with solid defense and midfield play early on. The Warriors, who like to score fast, were not supposed to jump out to a quick lead according to Stankewicz.
Instead, they planned to play Rustin's style of offense, controlling the possession and waiting for an opportunity to get a good shot off.
"Whenever we get an unsettled situation, we're going,' Stankewicz said. "We didn't overcommit defensively and took away their good shooters. They had possession about 80 percent of the time, but we got two quick goals there.'
Pascale got the Warriors on the board early with his first goal 59 seconds into the game. After Rustin failed to score in the first few possessions, Nick Mascetti scored a transition goal to give Henderson a 2-0 lead.
Eric Beren and the Henderson defense held R.J. Zoba and Mark Campanile to just two goals combined on the night.
Zoba came into the game with 28 goals, second in the Ches-Mont. Campanile had 22 goals.
"We just played hard on defense and the offense put together a good game and gave us goals,' Beren said. "I thought it was one of our better team games overall. Rustin has a good team and we didn't take them lightly.'
Nick Rizzo was a part of the offensive attack that gave Henderson a commanding 6-1 lead heading into halftime. Rizzo had three goals on the night.
"We did our best to take control of the game early and set the tone,' Rizzo said. "We're pretty conditioned and know what to expect from the offense. Tonight, we just played it patiently and waited for the ball to get on our end.'
Muliawan led Rustin with two goals. The Golden Knights (2-4, 6-6) fell back to the .500 mark heading into their nonleague showdown with Monsingor Bonner on Saturday.
Henderson is clicking at the right time as the Warriors are in the hunt to make a district playoff spot, winning two straight after a four game losing streak midseason.
"We had a rough patch there,' Rizzo said. "But we have been turning it up in practice and it's showing in the games. It feels great to get on the winning side of things, especially beating Rustin.'
West Chester Henderson 13
West Chester Rustin 5
W.C. Rustin 1 0 3 1—5
W.C. Henderson 3 3 4 3—13
W.C. Rustin goals: Muliawan 2, Campanile, Zoba, O'Neill.
W.C. Henderson goals: Pascale 5, Rizzo 3, O'Neill 2, Larmer, Twohig, Mascetti.
Goalie saves: Mullin (WCR) 5; Beren (WCH) 5.