Per­ryville hopes to ex­tend streak into post­sea­son

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

The Per­ryville boys’ soc­cer team will look to carry the mo­men­tum of a four-game win­ning streak into the post­sea­son.

The Pan­thers earned the top seed in a 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion I Boys’ Soc­cer Tour­na­ment with a 7-5 over­all record and will host fourth-seeded Jop­pa­towne (4-8-1) on Tues­day. The Mariners ad­vanced with a 1-0 win over Havre de Grace in the open­ing round.

“We fin­ished the sea­son on a real strong note,” Per­ryville coach Dan Kiesl said. “We’re pass­ing well, we’re shoot­ing well and they’re re­ally work­ing to­gether as a team.”

The Pan­thers’ four con­sec­u­tive wins to wrap up the reg­u­lar sea­son in­cluded a 3-0 tri­umph over the Mariners on Oct. 17.

“They were down one of their strong­est play­ers, so that gave us a lit­tle bit of a boost. I ex­pect it to be a much tighter game this time around,” Kiesl said. “We need to make sure our de­fense stays solid over­all, play our po­si­tions, pass and work as a team, and take as many shots on goal as pos­si­ble.”

Bo­hemia Manor (5-7) faces a taller task when it trav­els to sec­ond-seeded Pat­ter­son Mill (6-6-1) at 4:30 p.m. Tues­day.

The Ea­gles won their sea­son fi­nale, 4-3, over Jop­pa­towne, but have not played since Oct. 19.

The Huskies fin­ished with a 6-7-1 over­all record while com­pet­ing in the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion.

The two teams did not meet in the reg­u­lar sea­son, but face a hand­ful of com­mon op­po­nents. Both squads de­feated Elk­ton in the reg­u­lar sea­son, but Bo Manor lost to Havre de Grace by a goal, which Pat­ter­son Mill de­feated 3-1. The Ea­gles also suf­fered a 4-1 loss to Ris­ing Sun, an up­per­di­vi­sion squad that the Huskies han­dled 10-1.

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