Soccer - 3rd
|Date:||October 27, 2017|
T-P took to the road on a sunny and clear afternoon for a Friday tilt at the Gunnery. A squad of 14 started the game in high spirits due to the return of Willie Ackerman and Lucas Brennwald from as stint playing with the still-undefeated T-P middle school team. The opening whistle commenced a back and fourth affair, with neither team gaining a decided advantage over the first ten minutes of play; Christopher Devanny had other ideas. Playing aggressively all along the right touchline, Devanny intercepted several Gunnery throws, pushing the ball towards the forward corner. After a cross from Taewan Kwon, Jackson McAvoy drove the ball into the upper right corner of the goal from just outside the 18. T-P was able to keep up the pressure for the next ten minutes of play, this time focusing on the left touchline. On a partial breakaway, Ackerman took a left to right shot from 10 yards out. Gunnery's keeper came up with a big save, but Devanny crashed the net from the other side of the field and neatly volleyed the rebound for the PRIDE's second goal.
During the second half, T-P's defense cam up with several big stops. Keeper Lucas Hughes kept the score sheet clean, while Hayden Peek and Declan O'Brien deflected Gunnery's attack throughout the whole game at the two center back positions. Ackerman and Brennwald combined to generate some offensive opportunities during the second half, while Nicholas Phillips and Mike Yan contributed to a solid defense on the outsides. Thomas Solecki had to exit the game during the second half after an ankle injury sustained while heading a Gunnery throw in. CJ Zezima was strong off the bench, playing the whole second half and generating several scoring opportunities almost unaided. Nolan MacLear cause severe disruption among the Gunnery midfield, always placing himself between the attacker and the goal. Aidan Morgan rotated through three midfield positions, playing a measured and consistent game.
As the sun dipped below the western hills, T-P's defense stayed strong, deflecting several last-minute drives. In the last minute, Devanny put one last shot towards the Gunnery goal, bouncing it off their crossbar to close the match. Having helped Hughes to his first shutout, the players cheered their opponents and congratulated their teammates. The PRIDE will look to take a measure of this momentum into Wednesday's game against Salisbury.