Jersey Shore beats Central Mountain, 2-1, in the rain in boys soccer Tuesday night
MILL HALL – The last six meetings between Central Mountain and Jersey Shore were decided by a goal or less and Wednesday’s midseason match between the two in the rain at Malinak Stadium was no different as Jersey Shore won the contest, 2-1.
Connor Cornelius’s goal for the Bulldogs at the 71:50 mark of the match put Jersey Shore ahead and secured Jersey Shore’s third win of the season.
During Wednesday’s match, the first match between the two school’s this season, the ball moved fast across the wet artificial turf. The stadium’s brand-new surface was slick and players had trouble finding their balance.
Jersey Shore controlled the tempo of the match throughout the entire opening half. The Bulldogs out-shot the Wildcats, 13-2. Jersey Shore scored first in the match when Breck Miller found a hole in Central Mountain’s back line of defense and lofted a ball into the net at 7:29. The Wildcats responded to tie the game up at 1 when sophomore Nate Brinker scored at 22:02 for Central Mountain.
The game was tied 1-1 at the conclusion of the first-half.
During the second half’s first 20 minutes, both Jersey Shore and Central Mountain’s defenders gave the opposing teams difficulties, as the ball remained toward mid-field for the majority. Neither team willing to surrender the go-ahead goal to the opposing team,
Then, at the 72nd minute of the match, Central Mountain was called for a back-pass when a Wildcat defender kicked it to the team’s keeper Kelvin Probst.
Jersey Shore was set-up with a PK, and the Bulldogs took full advantage of it, That is when Cornelius scored for Jersey Shore and the junior gave his team the go-ahead goal.
With just eight minutes remaining in the match, Central Mountain needed to score.
The Wildcats had two decent looks at a goal with just 30 seconds remaining after a Bulldogs player was accessed a yellow card. Both attempts were batted away and Jersey Shore hung-on for the victory.
“All credit goes to Jersey Shore on their win,” Wildcats coach Billy Hook said after his team’s narrow 2-1 loss, “That was our best game yet, finally played well while also working very hard.”
Jersey Shore 2, Central Mountain 1
JS-Miller, 7:29. CM-Brinker, 22:02. JS-Cornelius, 71:50.
Shots: JS 26, CM 4. Saves: JS 2, CM 17.