Tru­man stuns Coun­cil Rock North

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sher­man

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor The Tru­man boys up­set Coun­cil Rock North Wed­nes­day, Sept. 12 in New­town for what is most likely the big­gest soc­cer win of head coach Scott Milone’s ten­ure with the Tigers.

Tru­man se­nior A.J. ho­lar tal­lied a hat trick in the con­test.

With his team trail­ing, 1-0, ho­lar took a feed from David Ro­driguez to lock things up at a goal apiece in the 36th minute.

ho­lar then scored an unas­sisted goal two min­utes later to put the Tigers on top, 2-1, at the break.

Two min­utes af­ter the in­ter­mis­sion, ho­lar took a feed from hins­ley Cher­ilus and put it in the back of the Rock net for his third goal of the game.

Af­ter com­ing up short in du­els with Subur­ban One League (SOL) Na­tional Con­fer­ence ri­vals Neshaminy and CR South, Tru­man pushed it way to 1-3 over­all, 1-2 in the league.

The Tigers dropped their opener Aug. 31 at Academy Park. Mo­hammed hon­neh scored once and Na­bieu Se­say notched a pair of goals in a 3-2 win that fa­vored the home team. ho­lar tal­lied both goals for Tru­man.

The In­di­ans fall to 0-3, 0-4 in the SOL Na­tional con­fer­ence. The Rock has also sus­tained losses at the hands of Wis­sahickon, Wil­liam Ten­nent and Abing­ton.

Last sea­son, Tru­man had nu­mer­ous close games against its SOL Na­tional foes but al­ways, the Tigers found a way to fall be­hind and lose. Tru­man fell 4-3 to Arch­bishop Ryan, 2-1 to Neshaminy, 2-0 to CR South, 1-0 to Wil­liam Ten­nent, and 3-2 to Abing­ton.

“We’ve had a lot of close games. We’re there; it’s just the big story – can’t put more in the net than [our op­po­nents] do,” said Milone af­ter an early-sea­son loss to CR South in 2011.

Things started to turn around for the Tigers how­ever af­ter a mid­sea­son duel at Ben­salem where Tru­man JRW LWS fiUSW OHDJUH ZLQ RI the 2011 cam­paign. With the teams locked in a score­less draw, Rashard dayle fed Mike Ca­ma­cho (since grad­u­ated), who tal­lied the win­ning strike. Pressed into ser­vice when start­ing net­min­der Eric du­tier­rez went down with an in­jury suf­fered in the sec­ond game of the sea­son, Tigers goal­keeper Jimmy An­tolino (grad­u­ated) UHJLSWHUHG fiVH SDVHS LQ 7UUPDQ’S fiUSW OHDJUH ZLQ RI WKH sea­son.

More vic­to­ries against SONL ri­vals would fol­low.

Three days later, fac­ing SOL Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence foe Cen­tral Bucks South in en­emy ter­ri­tory, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead into the in­ter­mis­sion on an­other goal by Ca­ma­cho. In the sec­ond half, the teams traded goals with curkan Boz reach­ing pay­dirt for Tru­man and Matt dilbert and Mike Ser­ban reach­ing the back of the net for the Ti­tans.

Again it was Ca­ma­cho com­ing through with the win­ning strike, reach­ing pay­dirt with less than a minute to go. A non-league win, yes but nonethe­less im­pres­sive. Af­ter all, CB South came into the game tout­ing a 9-2-1 over­all mark and a 7-1-1 Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence record.

The Tigers recorded their sec­ond league win of the 2011 cam­paign, best­ing Penns­bury, a team they lost to, 4-0, ear­lier in the sea­son and one they’d never de­feated dur­ing Milone’s ten­ure.

ho­lar con­nected on a cross from Ca­ma­cho in the 16th minute and the goal stood as the game’s only strike. David Ro­driguez stood tall in goal for Tru­man, deny­ing a penalty kick by the cal­cons in the 60th minute of play.

Late in the sea­son, Tru­man played peren­nial Dis­trict One con­tenders Neshaminy (0-0) and New Hope-Sole­bury (1-1) to a draw.

“We were out there mak­ing plays all year long; we just weren’t con­nect­ing,” said Milone. “By the end of the year, we started to gel.”

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Time will tell.

Archived photo by Steve Sher­man

A.J. Ko­lar scored all three goals in Tru­man’s re­cent win over SOL Na­tional Con­fer­ence power Coun­cil Rock North.

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