Sec­ond-half ad­just­ments key Pan­thers to win over In­di­ans

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

—Late in the first half of its boys’ soc­cer match against vis­it­ing North East, Per­ryville made some changes to its lineup.

That ad­just­ment paid off af­ter the break as the Pan­thers con­trolled pos­ses­sion for most of the sec­ond half and scored two goals en route to a 3-1 vic­tory over the In­di­ans in Susque­hanna Divi­sion ac­tion on Mon­day.

“Mostly, it was just keep­ing the guys’ heads in the game,” Per­ryville coach Daniel Kiesl said of how his team changed the tempo of the game. “We

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didn’t change any po­si­tions a lit­tle too much. To­wards the end of the first half, we found that right com­bi­na­tion, and we just went with it.”

The game was tied at 1-1 when the sec­ond half be­gan, and af­ter sur­viv­ing an ini­tial North East surge, the Pan­thers con­trolled pos­ses­sion and kept the ball on the In­di­ans’ side of the field for the ma­jor­ity of the re­main­ing time, cre­at­ing a cou­ple of scor­ing chances.

Per­ryville (3-4 over­all, 2-1 divi­sion) took the lead at 2-1 in the 50th minute when Jon Ha­mam­cioglu re­ceived the ball near the top of the 18yard box, evaded a de­fender and rock­eted a shot into the up­per left cor­ner of the net for the goal.

Af­ter Ha­mam­cioglu’s goal, North East (2-4, 1-2) pro­duced sev­eral for­ays into its at­tack­ing side of the field on the counter, but Per­ryville stopped the at­tack and took the ball back.

The Pan­thers added an in­sur­ance goal in the game’s 72nd minute when Ryan Berger scored off an as­sist from Kyle Whit­ney. Per­ryville then held on for the win, earn­ing vengeance from a 3-2 loss to the In­di­ans ear­lier in year.

“It feels good. We lost to them in the first game,” Ha­ma­cioglu said. “We came out strong, and we got the win.”

North East coach Mark Kalwa cred­ited the dif­fer- ence be­tween the two of­fenses as a rea­son for fall­ing short on the score­board.

“I give credit to Per­ryville be­cause they showed much bet­ter touch than we did with the ball. We have no ex­cuse in the way we played in the sense that we couldn’t con­trol the ball, and we couldn’t move the ball around,” Kalwa said. “Our first touch was bad to­day, and we have to be bet­ter than that. Not to take any­thing away from them. They moved the ball bet­ter than us, and they pressed more than us.”

Per­ryville opened the scor­ing in the fourth minute when Nick Roberts scored on a header fol­low­ing a cor­ner kick from Kevin Makach. How­ever, the In­di­ans re­sponded min­utes later when Con­nor Rowe scored.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Per­ryville de­feated vis­it­ing North East 3-1 in Susque­hanna Divi­sion boys’ soc­cer ac­tion on Mon­day.

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