The PHS Boys Varsity soccer team won their sixteenth game this season and remained undefeated at home after they defeated McGill-Toolen Tuesday night at Stanley-Jensen Stadium by a score of 2-0. It took 18 minutes for the Lions to get on the scoreboard. Carlos Lapena sent a through ball to John Bednarski behind the defense. Bednarski collected the pass and battled two defenders for possession before he split them and ripped a shot past the goalie for a 1-0 lead. During the remainder of the opening half, both teams battled hard and had several near miss opportunities. McGill-Toolen struggled to crack Head Coach Rob Milner’s defensive combination on the back line. Donovan Renn and Tylan Perine manned the outside back positions while Dawson Davis and Ben Hendricks controlled the middle of the back line. Midfielders Lapena, Riley Stachewicz Nick Montgomery and Cosmin Diaconu condensed the middle of the field with constant pressure on the McGill-Toolen players.
In the second half, the Lions front line continued to pressure the McGill-Toolen back line. Cole Webster and Cole Salle’ continued to widen the field and create space for Bednarski and Stachewicz to work. After several near miss attempts, Perine sent a beautiful diagonal pass to Webster who unselfishly slipped the ball in front of the goal for Bednarski to hammer home. The 2-0 lead would prove insurmountable for the McGill-Toolen players to overcome.
The Lions completed their regular season with a record of 16-5-1. They will begin the playoffs on the road next Tuesday night, May 2, 2017, at Duck Samford Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Kickoff is set for 6pm.