Big Panther second half puts away Vikings

If you are on the field in any sport that means you didn’t buy a ticket to get in so you better be playing all the time.

Delta got behind Evergreen’s back side of their defensive row three times in the second half for goals that broke open a one-score game and led to a 4-0 Panther win in girls soccer at Pifer Field Tuesday.

“I told them at halftime we didn’t finish in the first half,” said Delta coach John Kern. “We had opportunities then and we didn’t finish. I don’t want to make it sound like we worked any harder than they did, but we capitalized in the second half.

“I was really impressed with their team, they are a totally different team from last year. But again we talked at halftime, we talked about finishing and fortunately we were able to get a couple in.”

One of those missed opportunities in the first half came at the 29 minute mark when after a free kick, Viking goalie Sydney Kohler stopped Maddie Mattimore from point blank range to keep the game scoreless.

Finally at the 18 minute mark, Brooke Heisler split a pair of Viking defenders after a turnover and beat Kohler for the game’s first tally.

Evergreen had a chance at the 14 minute mark to score, however, Anna Huntzinger’s shot from the left of the net rattled off the post to keep the Panthers up a goal.

In the second half, Delta broke through twice in the first six minutes as Alena Mitchell sliced down the middle, caught the back side of the Viking defense napping and scored twice in a one-on-one situation to make it 3-0.

Heisler added one more with nine minutes left after a skirmish in front of the net in which Kohler made two saves before Heisler’s score.

In all, Delta ripped 24 shots at the net with Kohler making 13 saves.

Evergreen got off 14 shots. The Panthers’ freshman goalie Courtney Helton turned away 10 of them.

The Panthers victory was the first on the season, while Evergreen fell to 2-2.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor