It was a warm night on the home turf as the Lions JV soccer squad heated up their pace of play against the Pelham Panthers. The teams battled back and forth all night fighting for possession. In spite of the competitive match, the Lions broke the deadlock by scoring the first goal mid way through the first half. Chris Loomis slipped a pass to John Hollis who found the back of the net on a hard shot past the Panther keeper. Physical play ensued until halftime with no change to the score.
Following the break, both teams came out and attempted to establish a physical brand of soccer. After a few fouls and some good-natured ribbing, the teams once again settled into the game. After several near miss opportunities, the Lions scored again when Cole Hines delivered a well placed corner kick to the front post where Loomis beat the defender to the spot and flicked the ball into the net with his head. It was a quick score and the goalie for the Panthers barely had a chance to move from his spot.
The score would hold up as both teams failed to find the net for the remainder of the game. Ben Hollis and Mohammed Alzatari combined in the goal for the clean sheet, turning away zero shots on goal by the Panthers. The Lions defense prevented the Panthers from placing a single shot on goal all night.
The JV Boys are back in action Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. when they host Northridge High School JV.