Boys soccer drops another decision to Huntingdon in OT

The Golden Eagles are still looking for a way to solve Huntingdon in overtime

Blake Johnston, Ryan Vance

Classic. That’s all you need to describe Monday night’s game.

Tyrone and Huntingdon soccer games have been like that for the past three years. Always competitive, close and exciting.  Last year Tyrone lost all three meetings with the average game length in double overtime.

Unfortunately for Tyrone, this game was no different, ending in another 1-0 overtime loss for the Golden Eagles.

“Our best games are always against [Huntingdon], but we can never seem to win one”, adds Senior keeper Anthony Politza.

Both teams moved the ball well from defense to offense and back through. If Huntingdon would put together a great possession, Tyrone would orchestrate a possession to counter. The ball constantly was switching possession and traveling up and down the field.

In the first half, neither team got off many shots. Which resulted in a tight game going into the half.

“I love the ball movement boys! We are beating them for every possession,” commented Head Coach Nick Miller at the half.

Coach Miller was absolutely right. In the second half Tyrone dominated possession in Huntingdon’s side of the field. Nic Mallory and Blake Johnston denied any midfield presence for Huntingdon.

Tyrone tried every scoring option possible from baseline runs to through balls to corner kicks. Every attempt worked well, but no Tyrone player could seem to finish the play off and score.

Tyrone’s best chance to score came when senior Noah D’Angelo beat an outside defender for space inside the box. D’Angelo crossed up another defender but then got plowed off the ball by a blindside defender. The play should have been called a penalty kick but only resulted in many furious Tyrone parents and fans.

The game would not have lived up to Huntingdon vs Tyrone rivalry standards if it had not gone into overtime. Halfway through OT, Huntingdon stopped a Tyrone run down the sideline and advanced the ball upfield.

A sloppy through ball was made to a slicing Walter Lotz. The ball squeaked its way through Tyrone’s defense and Lotz converted the easy goal in the open field.

Tyrone looks to bounce back Thursday at home versus Clearfield.


Box Score:

Tyrone: Regulation: 0-0 Overtime: 0

Huntingdon: Regulation: 0-0 Overtime: 1

Goal: Walter Lotz (Assisted by: Brian McCaughlin)