Buono, Wade score hat tricks in win
STEPHENS CITY — It all started at Orchard View Elementary School.
That’s where Tommy Buono and Andrew Wade first started playing soccer together. A connection began, and it’s gotten stronger over the years. It was on full display Tuesday night as the two seniors each scored a hat trick on Senior Night in an 8-0 Northwestern District victory over James Wood.
“We’ve been playing together since third grade at recess on the playground after he moved to Orchard View, and we’ve played together ever since,” Wade said. “We’ve been friends for over 10 years now.”
“We always hang out, and if we’re hanging out it always has to do with soccer,” Buono said. “Our chemistry is really good. We just like playing with other.”
The pair helped the Warriors (9-2-2) make quick work of James Wood in a game that was stopped with 20 minutes left in the second half due to the mercy rule.
Sherando’s Jake Adams scored first in the first seven minutes of the contest. Buono then scored his first goal of the night with about 25 minutes left in the first half.
Max Polio then made it 3-0 on a goal with about 21 minutes left in the opening half.
Buono then scored back-to-back goals in a span of three minutes to put the Warriors up 5-0. The first of the two goals was a rocket from about 20 yards out.
“The ball came in from the throw in and I was sitting, poaching in front of the 18,” Buono said of the goal. “It bounced out and it was bouncing, and I just decided to hit it.”
Wade scored the final three goals, the first of which came with about 12 minutes left in the first half.
The Warriors led 6-0 at the half and Wade scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half. His final goal came on a free kick from just outside the 18. The James Wood goalkeeper caught the kick, but couldn’t control it and it bounced in for the score.
“We work on free kicks and set pieces a lot,” Wade said of the goal. “So from that area of the box there wasn’t much space to pass the ball. So I just thought I’d try to curl it to the near post, and it was a little sloppy — bobbled in — but I’ll take it.”
Even though Buono and Wade give the Warriors a powerful 1-2 punch, they also understand it’s important to get their teammates involved.
“They can feed off of each other, and then they also build off of the people around them,” Sherando coach Pat Anderson said. “They help build them up. They include them as well.”
“It can’t just be both me and Andrew,” Buono said. “We’re all about the team first. So when we’re playing with the team, everyone’s involved. If we can share the wealth, then why not?”
Everyone was able to get some playing time in the win over the Colonels (1-9), and Anderson said that was a very good thing, especially with it being Senior Night.
Rhett Morris had two assists for the Warriors, while Buono, Wade, Polio, Sean Buono and Zach Wagner each had one.
Anderson said he was very pleased to see his team finishing on their chances, something they have struggled with at times this season.
The Warriors are currently in a battle for first in Conference 21 along with Park View, Heritage and Millbrook, who the Warriors play next week. Anderson said the goal is for the team to keep getting better with each game.
Sherando still has a home game on Thursday against Handley, and the team hopes to have more in the postseason. Buono and Wade said it was still nice to get a hat trick and a win on Senior Night.
“I thought it was really special,” Buono said of the hat trick. “Scoring three goals on my Senior Night is a pretty good accomplishment. I’m pretty happy with it.”
“Hopefully we’ll be playing [at home] in the conference,” Wade said. “It’s really nice just to realize how long we’ve all played together, especially since a lot of us have been playing together since elementary school.
“It’s definitely going to be sad to see that come to an end in a couple weeks.”
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