H.S. BOYS SOCCER: Shamokin, Mount Carmel battle to tie
MOUNT CARMEL - For two teams going nowhere, Shamokin and Mount Carmel played as hard as any teams from their respective schools ever had Wednesday, battling to a 1-1 tie in double overtime.
For the Red Tornadoes, the tie had to be a bit of a moral victory after losing the first game between the teams, 5-0, earlier this season.
For the Indians, they really couldn't feel too badly either, because after a sluggish first half, they came out with guns blazing and put incredible pressure on Mount Carmel goalkeeper Brandon Young, who had a superlative game with 22 saves. After taking just two shots in the first half, the Indians pumped 21 shots at Young in the second half and finished with 30 for the game.
Mount Carmel took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Collin Bettleyon at the 23-minute mark, and did a good job keeping the Indians off center the rest of the half, although Sammy Deptula hit the crossbar with a strong shot with three minutes left. That goal would not have counted though, because an official ruled offsides on the play.
That shot was a portent of things to come, though. Shamokin spent most of the second half peppering Mount Carmel's goal. Young was up to the job time and again, but Shamokin finally broke through to tie the game when Deptula headed a ball off a good direct kick
from Alek Washuta, who was playing in the field after spending most of the season in goal.
In the overtime, Young had a little luck too. The Indians' Max Morrison slammed a hard line drive which bounced off the crossbar at the 8:10 mark of the first overtime. But neither team was able to make a serious threat after that.
"I think we've been playing pretty well here at the end of the season," said Mount Carmel coach Jesse Wagner. "It took some adjusting in some positioning. We had some kids out of position early in the season and got them where they're supposed to be."
Shamokin coach Brandon Hockenbroch was disappointed not to get a win but was pleased with how his team played after the slow start.
"We hit the post three times, I think," he said. "We put pressure on them and their goalie had a great game. We have mostly freshmen and sophomores and I think we did well for what we have this year. We played well in the first half of most games, then got tired."
Shamokin (2-15-1) 0 1 0 0 - 1
Mt. Carmel (1-16-1) 1 0 0 0 - 1