Fowler blanks bruised-up CBA side

<p> <font size="2" face="Arial">Nottinghamâ??s Bhuwan Basnet makes an amazing save against Cicero-North Syracuse on Tuesday night.</font> </p>

Missing three key cogs on the defensive front, CBA struggled to keep Fowler in check tonight in this rematch of two top six ranked soccer squads. Starting keeper Mike Smith, out with a fractured jaw, looked on from the sidelines along with starting defenders Alex Chrisman and Parker Johnston as No. 2 Fowler jumped out to a 2-0 lead care of Mupenzi Kubera in the first half. The Falcons allowed very few opportunities for the Brothers to get themselves into this one, tipping the possession arrow heavily in their favor. As time ran down in the second, Jean-Paul Mirindi and Karebo Ndikije combined to salt this one away. Mirindi served up a perfect ball to Ndikije at the top of the box. With a pair of Brother defenders on him, Ndikije managed to get a shot off through a tight window to make it 3-0. The Brothers (12-2) expect to have Johnston back for their last match of the regular season when they face ES-M next Saturday. They hope to have both Smith and Chrisman back in time for sectionals.

In other soccer action, Cicero-North Syracuse improved to 12-2-1 in 2013 with a 1-0 win over Nottingham, who falls to 8-6-1. The lone goal came with .01 seconds left in the first half, when Bryan Bausinger put a desperation shot into the net past Nottingham goalkeeper Bhawan Basnet.