Philipsburg-Osceola boys soccer upends Huntingdon on Senior Night|
Friday, October 12, 2012
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
PHILIPSBURG - There's nothing like watching your seniors shine on their night.
Jarrett Rockey scored just 58 seconds into the game, Lucas Kristofits added one a little over three minutes later and keeper Jay Prentice pitched yet another shutout to lead the Philipsburg-Osceola boys soccer team to a convincing, 4-0 Senior Night shutout over Huntingdon Thursday at Memorial Field.
Caleb Henry added a late score on a penalty kick, and Taylor Golemboski assisted on Rockey's goal as plenty of the 10 seniors on the squad made their mark.
"The guys get hopped up for this," P-O head coach Shawn Inlow said. "You hate to visit anybody for Senior Night. Last year, we went down to Huntingdon, and they tore us apart, 4-1. You go to someone else's Senior Night, it's tough.
"You come into a beehive, and the kids are hopped up. And we have all these seniors. We have 10 seniors, and we started all that we could. We put everybody in and, boy, they made their mark quick."
Rockey scored when he headed the ball into the net at the far post off Golemboski's throw-in on the Mounties' first offensive rush and first shot of the contest.
"Jarrett's a good back-post header, and this field's tiny so Taylor had plenty to get it (the throw-in) over the goalie," Inlow said.
Kristofits turned a Huntingdon turnover into P-O's second goal at 4:11 when he picked up a loose ball at about the 18, took a touch, and fired a well-placed shot into the Bearcat goal.
"Lucas' speed caused that problem for the back line," Inlow said. "He's a big kid, and for someone that big and powerful to be that fast is a real problem. Lucas usually hides. He waits and waits and then springs on someone, and he surprised the defender there."
Facing the quick 2-0 deficit, Huntingdon tried to get back in the game with middle attacks, but the Mountie defense was having none of it. P-O limited the Bearcats to just two shots in the first half and cruised into the break with the 2-goal cushion.
"I think (striker) Yogi (Lovett) was trying to come up the middle some with the dribble, but I didn't think he was going to get through Taylor, (Alex) Gray and Wyatt (Inlow). That's just way too much size and touch. You would have to dribble your head off and be very, very good to get away with that.
"But it seemed like that is what they were trying to do was get a ball on the ground up the middle. And their striker didn't have any support. He didn't have anyone coming with him."
The Mounties took any thought of a Bearcat comeback out of the equation at 54:34 when Nick Boumerhi's incredible individual effort gave P-O a 3-0 lead.
Boumerhi dribbled down the right wing, taking on a Bearcat defender near the end line. He stopped, turned and fired a shot from an impossible angle that sneaked between the near post and the keeper.
"That one was deadly. It was filthy," Inlow said. "I've seen him do that since he was 10. He comes in on the right with that right foot of his ... it was just filthy. The defender had him one-v-one and that goal we just murder. That goal is when the opponent's heads went down."
Henry finalized the scoring at 77:13 when he converted his penalty kick after getting fouled in the box.
"Caleb deserved that," Inlow said. "He drew the foul and God bless him for putting it in."
Prentice stopped seven shots to record his 22nd career shutout.
The Mountie keeper was hardly tested, but did make a strong save late in the game on a hard volley in the box and also came up big with a stop of a direct kick just outside the 18 early in the second half.
"That's never going to get beat - 22 shutouts in three years ... that's ridiculous," Inlow said. "Since I've come back (to coaching P-O), we've stressed defense and we've had the manpower to do it. We look to pitch a shutout every time."
Not only did Prentice's shutout extend his own school record, it also earned Inlow a haircut.
"I lose my hair over this. This is a tradition. I'm getting shaved bald," Inlow said.
"Last time, it was a mohawk. But I couldn't get a call for the next three weeks because I had this stupid-looking mohawk and all the referees thought I was a lunatic. So now I'm going to be a bald guy."
Seniors Golemboski, Gray, Henry, Kristofits, Prentice, Rockey, Chris Barnhart, Bryan Descavish, Brian Evans and Zach Hynd were honored in a pre-match ceremony.
"We're going to graduate these guys, and next year our team is going to be so different," Inlow said. "We're not going to have the size we do now, so we're going to have to play a more technical game. We won't be able to be so direct and so straight and just bomb it into a big guy."
P-O improved to 9-2-4 with the win.
"Our boys are playing really, really confident," Inlow said. "I'm not substituting much. They know where everybody is going to be. And the end result is they're clicking.
"The whole first half of the year we tried all these combinations and we weren't scoring a lot. Since about the midway point, we have it figured out."
The Mounties play host to Punxsutawney Saturday at 11 a.m.
Philipsburg-Osceola 4, Huntingdon 0
1. Jarrett Rockey, (Taylor Golemboski), 0:58.
2. Lucas Kristofits, (unassisted), 4:11.
3. Nick Boumerhi, (unassisted), 54:34.
4. Caleb Henry, (penalty kick), 77:13.
Shots: Huntingdon 7, Philipsburg-Osceola 12.
Saves: Huntingdon 6, Philipsburg-Osceola (Jay Prentice) 7.
Corner kicks: Huntingdon 3, Philipsburg-Osceola 3.