The PHS Boys JV soccer team defeated the Trinity Wildcats by a score of 6-1 Thursday night at Boykin Field in Montgomery, Alabama. The Lions got off to a fast start when they scored 10 minutes into the game. Chris Loomis crossed the ball in front of the Wildcat goal to an awaiting Drew Arel who opened the score sheet for the Lions. 3 minutes later, Donovan Renn delivered a pass to Arel in front of the Wildcat goal leading to Arel’s second goal of the night. With 3 minutes to play in the first half, this season’s leading scorer, John Hollis, collected a ball in front of the Wildcat goal and ripped a shot past the Wildcat goalie. The Lions led the Wildcats by 3 goals at the break.
Head Coach Taylor Jones has been frustrated recently with his team’s failure to finish games when they have a lead. His frustration was evident when the Wildcats clawed back a goal 4 minutes into the second half. Jones exhorted his team to continue to fight throughout the remainder of the match and they responded. 3 minutes after allowing a goal, Arel fed a pass up the middle to Hollis who scored his second goal of the match and extended the Lions lead. One minute later, Arel found Renn running wide open down the left sideline. Renn collected the pass from Arel and whipped a sharp cross to Hollis who scored his third goal of the game. The game took a physical turn with several missed calls or no calls that frustrated both teams. The final goal of the game occurred when Cole Hines converted a penalty kick with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Sophomore Goalie Ben Hollis made two brilliant saves during the game, one with great theatrics. He gave way to back-up goalie Mohammad Alzatari late in the second half. The JV Lions are back in action Thursday night when they host Vestavia at Stanley- Jensen Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.