(Don't forget to check out the slideshow at the end of the story) For the boys from the Perryville High School soccer team, their 2-0 start is spurring hopes of a deep run into the playoffs. Their visit to the Tome School in North East on Monday was marked by an aggressive offensive attack on one end of the field and a lock-down job by goalie Dustin Krahn at the other.
The Panthers had several opportunities to score early, but Titan gioalie Jamie Muhler make a handful of acrobatic stops to deny them. It wasn't until Armando Ercole passed the ball to Tim Toncic in front of the goal fourteen minutes in and he buried the shot in the back of the net that Perryville finally scored. That goal led to three more goals by the Panthers in the next 24 minutes.
Asa Driscoll scored three minutes later with an assist from Toncic. Ercole then made an unassisted goal four minutes after that. Tanner Bird then took a pass from Ercole and drove home the final goal of the first half to put the score at 4-0, where it would stay for the duration. Early in the second half, Perryville pulled many of their starters to give many of the substitutes valuable playing time.
For Armando Ercole, a co-captain and senior for the Panther squad, the game was more than just a win. "This is the best start we have had in three years," said Ercole,"We have stuff to work on, but we are just getting our team chemistry together." Chemistry is something Ercole has with his fellow front-line starters. They have played together for three years and Ercole believes that cohesiveness will lead to a winning record for the Panthers at the very least, with a goal of the playoffs.
When looking back on today's win Ercole added, "I think we need to work on passing and talking, and we will go far. And, of course, scoring."