Pettisville spotted the high-scoring Liberty Center team four goals before making a run in the final 24 minutes, but the Blackbirds fell short as the Tigers claimed a 4-2 boys soccer win at Pettisville Thursday afternoon.
“They have a couple athletes who are big players,” Pettisville coach Barnaby Wyse said of the Tigers. “They got behind us a couple of times. When they have bigger players than you, sometimes set pieces really punish you.”
Trailing 2-0 at the half, the Tigers scored a goal from Zach Miller on a breakaway and from Pablo Barahona from outside the box for a 4-0 lead with 25:31 left to play. Pettisville answered when play resumed, as Detric Yoder scored with 24:33 showing on the clock for the Blackbirds.
“I thought our effort was A+,” stated Wyse. “Some of our thinking and doing we have in practice, we need to bring that to a match, but I’m not disappointed with the effort.”
Yoder also tallied the second goal when he turned his defender inside and went the opposite side for a shot.
Pettisville had a chance to take an early lead, but a penalty kick try by Quinn Wyse sailed over the net.
“Tide changed when we missed that first PK,” admitted Wyse. “You make that first PK, you play differently. You play a little more relaxed.”
The rest of the half belonged to the Tigers. Zach Skeens tallied a pair of first-half goals when he scored off a corner kick and added a second goal from the left corner off a pass from Jacob Hoffman.
The Blackbirds bounced back with a 5-0 win Saturday against Cardinal Stritch.
Pettisville (4-4-2) travels to Bryan Thursday.
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