Philipsburg-Osceola boys bounced by Oley Valley, 4-0|
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
HOLLIDAYSBURG - For the second straight year, the Philipsburg-Osceola boys soccer team found a District 3 foe waiting for them in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Last year's version of the Mounties was a very defense-oriented squad and held Lancaster Mennonite, a very talented offensive team, to a 2-0 win. And unfortunately, P-O found itself in another one of those games against Oley Valley on Tuesday evening.
Although the Mounties registered more shots on goal this year, the Lynx defense stood strong in the second half after scoring four times in the first half to blank P-O, 4-0, at Tiger Stadium.
"I felt we had the talent to match last year's team, and we did," said Mountie head coach Shawn Inlow. "I think Lancaster Mennonite was a special team last year. They went all the way to the state final.
"We only gave up two last year and we were a very defensive team, but we barely even touched the ball last year. This year, we had some chances. It's baby steps.
"Next year, you'll see this team here again. We get almost the whole team back. We'll be back and we hope to get another District 3 opponent and see if we can do better."
The Lynx, who fell to Pequea Valley in the District 3 finals, controlled play early and throughout the first half as they had 11 shots going into the break. The Mountie defense held them scoreless through the first 19 minutes until one of the Oley Valley weapons got loose in the middle of the field.
Marcus Frangakus dribbled up the field and was on his way to an easy goal, but was tripped up in the box by a P-O defender. Frangakus was awarded a penalty kick, and the senior booted the ball past the Mountie goalie for the first goal of the game.
"I knew their No. 10 (Frangakus) was a really good dribbler," said Inlow. "He was the kind of guy that created things. That PK sort of opened the door for them. I thought up until then we were handling their pressure, but when he got on the dribble in the middle, it was trouble. That was a legit PK."
And Oley Valley added on just 27 seconds later on a goal from Ben Kerkeslager. Frangakus found Kerkeslager open up the field at the 5 and Kerkeslager buried the ball in the back of the net to give the Lynx a 2-0 lead.
"I think what I've learned from playing District 3 opponents is that you need a very, very strong holding midfield," said Inlow. "They're going to have some talent in the middle, and you have to break it up. We were thinking about getting between (Frangakus) and No. 37 (Kerkeslager). That seemed to be the connection I've read about in the papers. I can see how District 3 plays now.
"They certainly had the better of us, especially after that PK. Our guys were a little disorganized and then the dam broke."
Oley Valley's Ben Meyer gave his team a 3-0 lead at 30:36. Meyer zigzagged his way through traffic and found an opening on the far side for the goal.
Clark Williamson ended the scoring just over a minute later.
Frangakus nearly had his second goal of the game as he banged a shot off the post. Williamson was there for the rebound to give the Lynx a 4-0 lead.
P-O goalie Mitch Winters was involved in a collision with an Oley Valley player in the middle of the first half and sat out the second half due to injury. Nick Boumerhi, who saw his first action of the season, was the keeper for the remainder of the match and combined with Winters for 14 saves.
"Mitchell has been in some collisions this year," said Inlow. "He's been toughing it out for the last several games. Our backup keeper was Nick Boumerhi, and that was the first time he's played all year. Thankfully we had him because we didn't have another backup keeper."
Oley Valley had nine of its 20 shots in the second half, none of which were in danger of being in goal. P-O recorded four shots in the final 40 minutes, with Hunter Honan leading the way with three.
"It took me until halftime to figure out that I needed to play two midfielders," said Inlow. "I don't know if they took their foot off the gas in the second half, but we used two midfielders. It seemed to have the effect of giving us some more runs forward. I don't want to say we had more than they did, but we had some good clean ones.
"Luckily, we held them out in the second half. The test tonight was to prepare for next year. The horse was already out of the barn, but they had to be a solid team. They had to be there for each other because 4-0 is ugly at halftime. They came out and they did what they could. I'm glad they kept them out in the second half."
The Mounties ended the season at 10-9-1.
"I hope our Mountie team can be consistent, stable and fundamental," said Inlow. "If we can do that and we can get to this game, we can win a PIAA state playoff game. And once you win one, it's all about luck and fortune. If we could beat a team like that, I feel like we could go far.
"This team is very young. They need to see the quality of opponents from District 3. This team is pretty much all coming back. I think we're going to be loaded again."
Oley Valley will play West Allegheny in the PIAA quarterfinals on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. West Allegheny defeated Warren, 6-0, on Tuesday.
Oley Valley 4, Philipsburg-Osceola 0
1. Marcus Frangakus, (penalty kick), 19:24.
2. Ben Kerkeslager, (Frangakus), 19:51.
3. Ben Meyer, (unassisted), 30:36.
4. Clark Williamson, (unassisted), 32:00.
Shots: Oley Valley 20, Philipsburg-Osceola 6.
Saves: Oley Valley (Ryan Krall) 6, Philipsburg-Osceola (Mitch Winters, Nick Boumerhi) 14.
Corner Kicks: Oley Valley 7, Philipsburg-Osceola 1.