Conley outlasts South Central in penalties
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
A missed penalty kick from South Central’s Logan Kelly sealed a close 5-4 shootout in a soccer clash between the Falcons and D.H. Conley on Tuesday night.
Zack Tucker scored one goal for the Vikings (10-3-1, 2-1) in regulation, which ended 3-3, while Coleman Ferrell added two more. Tucker and Joel Perez were credited with assists.
For the Falcons (5-3-1, 0-3), Jamie Crass scored two goals, with Austin Parker scoring the third. Fisher Coleman was credited with the assists.
DHC’s Massimo Mannino stepped up to the penalty spot with the scored tied 4-4 to face South Central goalkeeper Ethan Cook. Mannino drilled the ball into the bottom right corner to give the Vikings the lead just before the Falcons’ final missed attempt.
“I felt like we didn’t capitalize opportunities we should have,” Vikings head coach Shannon McLaughlin said. “We didn’t come prepared to play tonight.”
The Vikings had four goals overturned due to late offside calls. McLaughlin declined to comment on the calls following the game.
Falcons head coach John Bridges was pleased overall with the play of his squad despite the tough loss.
“I thought we played really well,” Bridges said. “Down two starters, I was worried that our backline wasn’t going to do what we needed them to do, but they held their own.”
The Vikings struck quickly in the first half, as Tucker launched a ball from Perez into the net only five minutes into the game. Ferrell followed suit 10 minutes later off an assist from Tucker to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
After a hard foul, SC’s Crass was awarded a penalty, but it was denied by Vikings goalie Connor Montaye. Crass converted his second penalty attempt a few moments later, however, putting SC in the game 2-1. Crass added another goal seven minutes later with just over 13 minutes to go in the half to knot the score at 2.
The second half provided just as much excitement as the first. With 4:30 to go, Parker used a header from a Falcons corner to take the lead, 3-2. The tide looked to once again switch sides, as a run from Ferrell, resulting in a seeming goal was called offside. A couple of minutes later Ferrell found the net once again, this time ensuring the score was be upheld.
But bad luck struck once again for the Vikings in the waning moments of regulation, as Edie Lopez smashed a goal into the bottom right corner, but once again, an offside call reversed the goal, pushing the teams to overtime.
The extra time was all Vikings. Using quick tempo and outlet passes, DHC rattled off four shots, one of which was another Edie Lopez goal called back for offside.
With 4:02 to go in the second extra session, Mannino found himself in position off of a rebound off the crossbar. He headed the ball into the net, Vikings players celebrated, only to hear officials announce moments later the call was reversed. The Vikings bench and McLaughlin were unhappy, as the Conley sideline felt it had won the match. With 12 second to go, Tucker got off a clean shot that looked to be destined for the back of the net, just to see it hit off the crossbar.
The Vikings will host Eastern Wayne on Thursday, while the Falcons travel to J.H. Rose.
Parrott Academy 3, St. David's 0
Parrott Academy won its first conference match of the season and stayed unbeaten at 11-0 on Tuesday night in a sweep of St. David’s
Parrott won three close games, 25-18, 26-24 and 25-22.
Alli Grant Avery had 20 kills, 15 digs and three aces to lead APA, followed by Gabby Carriere (six kills, 18 digs, ace) and Virginia Edmondson (four kills, 13 digs).
St. David's 5, Parrott Academy 2
A rematch of last year's state title match went the way of St. David's and marked the first setback of the season for Parrott (4-1).
Cameron Jones and Allison Christiano notched singles wins for APA, which plays at Grace Christian on Thursday.