THORNVILLE – The Sheridan boys soccer team pulled away in the second half to notch a 4-2 win over Perry County rival New Lexington on Sept. 15.
With both teams looking to get their first win of the season, it was the Generals who struck first with 34:56 left in the opening half. Two senior captains linked up for the goal as Michael Eckelberry assisted with the cross to Issac Jarrett.
Not two minutes later New Lex would answer right back, as Conner Spicer took it himself down the left flank to tie things up at one.
“A lot of speed,” New Lex Head Coach Josh Castro said when asked what Spicer brings to the team. “It’s just trying to get the crew to keep up with that speed. If we could do that it would be a better game every time.”
With just over 20 minutes left in the first half, Jarrett would have another chance to score with a one on one against the Panther keeper, but his shot was wide left.
Both teams would have more chances the rest of the half, but neither side could find a second goal going into halftime.
“We need to communicate a lot better,” Eckelberry said. “That’s the biggest thing…better passing, more one-touches instead of taking it and dribbling a little bit.”
The hosts then broke the deadlock with 30:23 left in the second half, as Rigdon Hoosic put the Generals ahead.
Eckelberry would then score his own with 27:40 left to increase the Sheridan lead to 3-1. Jim Swain was credited with the assist.
The Generals would get one more goal from Isaac Jarrett, his second of the game. With just over 12 minutes remaining, Sheridan led 4-1.
“I think we did really well as far as passing goes,” Jarrett said. “All in all, it was a great game, I think we played really well as a team and [I’m] happy about the goals everybody got.”
The Panthers still had fight in them, however, as with under five minutes to play Spicer nabbed his second goal and cut the deficit to just two. Sheridan would hold on for their first victory of the season.
“I think tonight it did boost the confidence of the guys,” Sheridan Head Coach Delbert Winegardner said. “We have some games coming up that we feel we can challenge pretty well hopefully come up with some more wins in the later part of the season.”
Jarrett led the way for the Generals with two goals and multiple shots on goal. Eckelberry had one goal with five shots on goal, and Hoosic one goal on four shots.
Luke Carpenter had four saves as the General keeper.
Both the Panthers and Generals play one more time this season, on October 5 at Jim Rockwell Stadium in New Lexington.
Photo Gallery from the game can be found on perrytribune.com/sports