The PHS Boys Varsity Soccer team defeated the Benjamin Russell Wildcats 4-1 in Alexander City Tuesday night. The Lions continued their recent success of creating scoring opportunities with speed and combination passing. After 12 minutes of play in the first half, Tylan Perine collected a pass and raced down the left sideline. As Perine approached the end line, he whipped a cross to Cole Webster in front of the goal who scored easily past the Wildcat goalie. 9 minutes later, Cosmin Diaconu scored a goal that was eventually erased by the referees after multiple conferences on whether he was offsides. The loss of the goal deflated the Lions a bit and the Wildcats took advantage by scoring a few minutes later off a deflected corner kick. Once the Wildcats evened the score, the Lions began to play more intentionally. With time running out in the first half, Diaconu sent a through ball to John Bednarski who muscled past the Wildcat back line and then sped down the middle of the field, netting his 1-on-1 with the WIldcat goalie and giving the Lions a 2-1 halftime lead.
The Lions started the second half quickly and tested the Wildcat goalie early and often. The Wildcat goalie made some outstanding saves in the second half, however, the barrage of shots eventually found the net. 6 minutes into the second half, Carlos Lapena fed a pass to Perine who hammered a low, hard shot past the outstretched Wildcat keeper. A mere 3 minutes later, Diaconu slipped a pass to Bednarski who pushed another shot past the Wildcat keeper for the final goal of the match. Head Coach Rob Milner began liberal substitutions in the second half of play following the 4th goal. The Lions have three more games in the next three days. The game was not without some adversity. The Lions were called offsides on many occasions. It took the Lions a full half to adjust to the high line the Wildcats played.
Following the match, Milner said, “In rough officiating and field conditions the lads persevered throughout the game when it seemed most entities were against us. The game should not have been as close at half due to some dubious calls that were odd and outlandish to say the least! Combination play was excellent in the final third and we reaped the benefits of patient possession to go 2-1 and then 3-1. The fourth goal was especially nice on the eye with Ty Perine’s one-two with Cosmin Diaconu off a throw-in and well-timed through ball from Cosmin to the on-rushing John Bednarski for a finessed finish, slipped to the keepers left. Another win on the board for the team and now we have the tough test of Thompson at 5:00 p.m. for JV and 7:00 p.m. for Varsity. Thanks once again for the great support from the parents.”
As Milner pointed out, the Lions are back in action Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama.