Tyrone boys soccer outlasts Clearfield 3-1

Both offensive captains get ready for the game

This week is full of match-ups against Clearfield for Tyrone sports, and the boys soccer team took care of the first match-up with a 3-1 win.

A senior night misunderstanding pushed the varsity game time to 6:15 pm instead of a normal 7:30 pm.

However, Tyrone was completely unaffected as the team sprung out of the gate strong. Tyrone found success sending Noah D’Angelo on long through balls down the field.

D’Angelo’s speed was hard for Clearfield to handle as he created space for himself downfield, but could never get the extra touch for a good shot.

Clearfield’s keeper began to come out farther and farther from the goal for balls that the defense couldn’t beat D’Angelo for.

D’Angelo took notice on a through ball down the left side of the field, shot the ball early, and squeezed it over Clearfield’s keeper.

Tyrone went up 1-0.

Then disaster struck.

During one of Tyrone’s possession, D’Angelo banged up his right knee and had to be taken out of the game.

With D’Angelo injured, Tyrone lacked a consistent offensive weapon. D’Angelo has scored 18 goals, the most on Tyrone’s team, and to win the game another player would have to step up.

Senior captain Nic Mallory was ready for the call as he took control of the offense en route to another goal before halftime.

Mallory scored off a corner kick by heading it across the face of the goal into the back corner. Tyrone entered halftime up 2-0.

Clearfield came out very strong in the second half with extra offensive players. Fortunately, Tyrone’s defense was able to stint the Clearfield offense until the 20:00 minute mark.

An unmarked Clearfield midfielder was able to head in a cross off of a corner kick.

“It was key that we looked to score again because in soccer two goals is never enough,” remarked Coach Nick Miller.

The team took Coach Miller’s advice and off of a foul in the 18 yard box Mallory netted his second goal of the evening.

After the score, Tyrone had a big enough lead to switch to a defensive mindset and Clearfield didn’t stand a chance.

Tyrone improves to 7-6 and looks to gain momentum for the upcoming playoffs.