With another shutout win, the Perryville boy's soccer team all but guaranteed this year will be better than last. The 2-0 win against visiting Elkton moved the Panthers to 4-0 and equaled their win total for all of 2011 when they finished 4-7-1. Not since 1991 has the boy's soccer team started the season so well.
The offensive game for Perryville is well established behind the leadership of current Cecil Scene Player of the Week Armando Ercole and frontline cohorts Asa Driscoll and Tim Toncic. Their match against the Golden Elks today was no different, with the attack reeling off 19 shots against Elkton goalie Paul Salib. Ercole scored both goals, with one on a free kick that bent around three Elk defenders past the scrambling Elkton goalie.
As grounded as the Panther attack is, the goalie position was definitely a question mark coming into the year. Junior Dustin Krahn, who is in his first year of organized soccer, decided he wanted to play and tried out for the team on his own initiative. "I know Armando and have played some pick up games with him," said Krahn, "I already play a lot of baseball and people hit balls at me, I figured how different could this be, only a bigger ball." Krahn is an accomplished baseball player, earning All-County honors for the Perryville baseball team at third base in the Spring.
While Krahn has transferred some of those infielder skills to his new sport, the transition to starting in the net for a competitive UCBAC team has not been without difficulties. "I make mistakes and I just tell myself I have to do better next time and I can't let that happen," said Krahn, "This is a good team, we hope to go far. I just need to learn the rules and catch the ball." Krahn said he knows what he needs to do to keep contributing. "I am working hard at practice, working hard at home. I am just glad I came out, now I love soccer," said Krahn.