Wildcats drop Bulldogs in boys soccer, 1-0
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
Central Mountain and Jersey Shore are rivals, and the familiarly between the two squads has resulted in some evenly-matched contests.
Entering Tuesday the teams’ last four meetings were decided by one goal or less, and that trend continued again as Central Mountain shutout Jersey Shore on the road, 1-0.
“The boys did good today,” Wildcat coach Billy Hook said. ‘These two teams do battle pretty hard, so to match Jersey Shore’s intensity and come out with a win is all that matters.”
Trey Gentzel scored the game’s lone goal. Halfway through the first half he broke away from the defense and scored on a one-on-one opportunity against Jersey Shore goalie Logan Bailey, which put the Wildcats ahead, 1-0.
“My buddy Chase Young just passed a good ball to me, I kind of flicked it over my foot, got past the first defender and was on a dead-on sprint [toward the net],” Gentzel said of his goal. “I saw my opportunity to take the shot just inside the 18 and [scored the goal].”
Gentzel’s score was his Wildcat-high sixth of the season, and the game’s lone goal as both teams ended with five shots on the day. CM goalkeeper Greg Walizer recorded five saves as him and the defense produced their second shutout-win of the season.
“I told them that 1-0 was not going to win the game, so they proved me wrong,” CM coach Billy Hook said of the strong-defensive performance. “They kept the shutout, they played very strong together and they just did fantastic.
“We just stayed together and kept playing our game. We played tight on defense and didn’t let anything through so that was the big difference of the game.”
Jersey Shore coach Doug Moore felt his team could’ve played better, but with three prominent starters missing he acknowledged the determined-attitude of his athletes on the field.
“I was a little disappointed with some aspects of our play, but I wasn’t overall with the effort and the way that they tried out there.
“Central Mountain was probably just a bit bigger, stronger and quicker to the ball. It was a very close game, so good luck to Central Mountain. It was a very close game, they just edged it and they probably deserved it.”
Central Mountain (4-4) returns Thursday with a home contest versus Williamsport.
Jersey Shore (4-4-1) returns Thursday with an away matchup versus Selinsgrove.