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.

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