Central Mountain boys soccer falls at home to Selinsgrove
MILL HALL — Central Mountain lost Tuesday afternoon to Selinsgrove, 7-0, to fall to 2-3 on the young season.
The Wildcats could not replicate the magic they had this past Saturday in the team’s double-overtime win against Montoursville, as Central Mountain was shutout at Malinak Stadium by a respectable Selinsgrove squad.
Selinsgrove controlled possession of the ball early and scored just four minutes into regulation when Seals midfielder Matthew Gilfert gave his team an early 1-0 lead. Nick Ritter recorded Selinsgrove’s second goal of the night at 14:43.
Later in the opening half Gilfert tallied his second goal of the match when he found the back of the net for the Seals at 19:20. Owen Mayee rounded-out the opening half scoring spree for Selinsgrove as he gave the Seals a 4-0 lead at 21:06.
With a 4-0 lead, Selinsgrove scored early into the second half when Noah Derr sliced through the Wildcat defense to put the Seals up, 5-0.
Both Ritter and Ryan Mangels scored in the second half to give Selinsgrove its sixth and seventh goals, Ritter doubled down on his total and scored his second goal of the night at 55:09 and Mangels scored the final goal of the match at 63:28.
Despite what the scoreboard signaled at the conclusion of Central Mountain’s fifth game of the season, it was not all negatives for the Wildcats. Central Mountain coach Billy Hook said there are some takeaways from the team’s loss. Most notably the performances of some younger players who saw action late into the contest.
“The younger played really well, there’s a few guys that showed even in a bad game they will work hard, so I’m hoping that will carry,” Hook said.
Aside from the younger players impressing Hook with their determination, it was Wildcats keeper Cy Probst who also impressed Hook. Probst stayed busy throughout the game deflecting Selinsgrove shots. The senior recorded over 10 saves in the second half alone.
Hook admired the resiliency displayed by Probst and some other key defensive figures for the Wildcats.
“Probst made a lot of great saves tonight, he is showing a ton of growth this fall,” Hook said. “Between him and our center backs Jackson Walker and Taylor Weaver, the scoreboard doesn’t portray how well they are playing right now.”
Up next for the Wildcats is an away match Thursday at Mifflinburg as Central Mountain hopes to get back to the .500 mark.