Second-half adjustments key Panthers to win over Indians
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
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.
Perryville defeated visiting North East 3-1 in Susquehanna Division boys’ soccer action on Monday.