H.S. BOYS SOCCER: Frustrating loss for Southern Columbia
CATAWISSA R.R. - The frustrating thing about soccer is that no matter how much better you play than the other team, it only counts if the ball goes in the net.
That same basic axiom is true of other sports too, but in soccer that particular situation seems to happen on at least a semi-regular basis.
Ask Southern Columbia coach Dave Hall, whose Tigers had the statistical advantage Wednesday against Muncy but ended up on the short end of a 2-1 score, dropping them under .500 (7-8) and putting their postseason hopes in jeopardy.
Southern had a 12-3 shot advantage and the only two corner kicks of the game.
"We had 12 shots and one goal. They had two shots, and two goals," Hall said.
In fact, Muncy only put one in too. The Indians' second goal was an own goal scored by one of Southern's players. On top of that, it came at an incredibly damaging time, with just 48 seconds left before halftime and Muncy already leading, 1-0.
The Indians took the lead about midway through the half on a goal by Daniel Hall.
"We were a little sloppy with our ball control in the first half," Dave Hall said. "It took us about 20 or 30 minutes to get going. I thought we played a lot better the last 30 minutes. We had some good shots but they hit the post. That's soccer."
Southern finally scored with 8:39 remaining on a beautiful, 30-plus yard shot by Sunny Sen, the first goal of his career.
"Muncy did a good job packing their defense in the second half, and their goaltender (Gavin Wetherhold) is good. He made some great saves," Hall said.
"It was a big game," Hall said. "Now we're kind of in the same situation as last year. We still have a good shot to get in, and once you're in anything can can happen."
The Tigers get right back in action today with a road game at Montgomery.
Muncy 2 0 - 2
Southern (7-8) 0 1 - 1