The PHS Boys Varsity Soccer team defeated the highly ranked Enterprise Wildcats 1-0 Thursday night at Stanley Jensen Stadium in Prattville, Alabama. Head Coach Rob Milner watched as his Lions battled the Wildcats all evening. The game was fast paced and kept fans on both sides using only the very edge of their seat. Defenders Ben Hendricks and Dawson Davis anchored the back line with assistance from Joshua Kim and Cole Salle’ during the first half. Coach Milner continued to use his midfield rotation with Riley Stachewicz, Cosmin Diaconu, Nick Montgomery and Carlos Lapena. The front line was manned by John Bednarski, Cole Webster and Tylan Perine. After a whirlwind first half, the game remained scoreless at halftime.
Coach Milner added Donovan Renn to the lineup on defense in the second half and began moving pieces on the offensive front. The teams created a few scoring opportunities each, however, neither was able to pull ahead. With less than 10 minutes to play in the game, Salle’ outraced a Wildcat defender to the ball and cut toward the goal. With a defender on his inside shoulder he delivered a pinpoint accurate diagonal pass just out of the reach of another Wildcat defender to Webster who ripped a shot past the diving goalkeeper. The goal lifted the spirits of the players and brought the multitude of Lions fans to their feet. The Wildcats battled back in the final 10 minutes, but were unable to capitalize on an equalizer. Goalie Justin Pressor went the distance in goal for the Lions and collected the clean sheet with some solid play.
Following the match, Coach Milner stated, “What a win for the lads! My heart is still pumping on a night of high emotions, when we needed a big win. I’m proud to say I was able to be part of it. The team exhibited grit and determination to pull off a mature performance which led to a victory over our Area foes.” Milner drew upon his Irish roots and a bit of his new southern charm as he continued to praise the performance. “Enterprise ain’t no mugs and a very talented team so the win should send ripples around the state. The team tonight deserves all the plaudits for fighting tooth and nail for one of the sweetest score lines in soccer, 1-0. Keeping a clean sheet and getting a victory just before the playoffs is huge. The momentum from this victory will do us good moving forward. Thank you for the wonderful support. It made for a great night of soccer along with the JV Boys team pulling off a dramatic equalizer to tie 2-2. Go Lions!”
This victory is the Lions sixth win in a row.
The Varsity is back in action next Thursday night against Benjamin Russell at 7:00 p.m. The Lions will celebrate Senior Night.