PKs Doom Eagles

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Following the Eagles opening game victory against Philipsburg-Osceola, Tyrone was hoping to make a statement in the Mountain League against visiting Clearfield. However the Eagles were plagued by penalties and lost a hard fought match 3-2.

Two of the three Bison goals came on penalty kicks.

“To have two penalty kicks in a game is very unfortunate and I feel that lowered our intensity for the rest of the game. We also need to work on playing our passes to feet and improve our first touch,” said senior midfielder Keegan Raabe.

To have two penalty kicks in a game is very unfortunate and I feel that lowered our intensity for the rest of the game”

— Senior Keegan Raabe

Both teams took a lot of shots in the game.  There were 24 shots on goal and 39 shots in total.

After a scoreless first half the second half began with a Tyrone goal in the first 15 seconds of play. 

Tyrone forward Nick Vasbinder stole the ball from a Clearfield defender, passed it to midfielder Corey Johnston who executed a nice give and go back to Vasbinder.  Vasbinder scored from 12 yards out.

After the next uneventful 10 minutes, Clearfield tied the game on a penalty kick after a tripping penalty in the box by Tyrone center back Corbin Nale. 

In no time, Tyrone took the lead with a goal off a corner kick by Alex Taylor with an assist by Keegan Raabe, Making the score 2-1.

The lead did not last long though as Clearfield scored off of another penalty shot and tied the game 2-2 after yet another tripping penalty by Nale.

 The next 20 minutes had many attempts to score but remained tied until around 5 minutes left when Clearfield scored on yet another penalty kick, making the score 2-3.

 Tyrone took four more shots on goal but they were all blocked which led to their defeat 2-3 Clearfield.

According to Head Coach Alex Bartlett, the team still needs to work on making good first touches and finishing.

“I think there were some bright spots. However, I think we underperformed,” said Bartlett.

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