Elks stay unbeaten with win over Panthers
Special to the Whig
— After being held scoreless for the first 20 minutes of its Susquehanna Division boys’ soccer battle with host Perryville, Elkton took advantage of a strong scoring chance when Jonathan Erreguin put a Philip Glockner cross into the net for the go-ahead goal.
The Golden Elks’ were energized by Erreguin’s tally and played at a quicker pace the rest of the way, scoring three more times to roll to a 4-0 victory over the Panthers Wednesday afternoon and remain
undefeated on the season.
“It certainly gives the boys confidence to play with the lead. I think we ran with it. We’ve been practicing the speed of play all week, playing 2-3 touch,” Elkton head coach Josh Marley said. “I think once we scored that first goal, we went to push the pace. The boys did a re- ally good job responding to that.”
The opening goal was scored after the Golden Elks ( 6- 0 overall, 2- 0 division) won a 50- 50 ball in Perr yville’s half of the field. Glockner followed by crossing it to his right, before Erreguin pushed a shot past the goalkeeper in the 26th minute.
Elkton followed that up with another goal 11 minutes later to double its advantage. Jake Bosler started the run towards the goal with a pass to Serebe Kajubi in the midfield, who then touched the ball a couple times before rocketing a shot into the net.
“We just got our momentum up and we started to play our game,” Kajubi said. “It was easier to score and get the ball to the feet.
Carrying over the confidence from the two late goals in the second half, the Golden Elks continued to control the action and create opportunities. Bosler added to the lead in the 64th minute when his shot found the net to make it 3- 0.
Justin Gutierrez then capped the scoring for Elkton in the 79th minute when he scored on a header following a cross from Easton Shelley that secured the victory. With the win, the Golden Elks remain unbeaten for the season, but they know that they cannot look too far ahead.
“We’ve had a pretty successful start to the season so far, but it’s one step, one game at a time,” Marley said. “Monday is our next game, and we’re going to take that challenge and see where that takes us. Right now, it’s one game at a time.”
Trevor Prevost had 12 saves for the Panthers ( 2- 5, 1- 1).
Jacob Buskell had five saves for Elkton.