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JOHNSONBURG â€“ St. Marys boys soccer won its season opener 6-1 over Johnsonburg Tuesday night at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.
â€śIâ€™m satisfied,â€ť St. Marys coach Russ Micale said. â€śWe definitely have some bugs to work out of our system. As far as the game went, they improved as the game went on. Thatâ€™s what you like to see. Every time we step on the field, we got to get better, we got to improve. We have a ways to go but weâ€™ll get there.â€ť
Both teams played an even first 14 minutes, then Weston Challingsworth ripped a blistering shot into the upper center portion of the net to put the Dutch up 1-0.
St. Marys was awarded a penalty kick with 8:57 left in the half and Tim Mosebarger converted to make the margin 2-0. The Dutch would take that lead into halftime.
Johnsonburg had some good chances in the first half as well, Ethan Rowles had a shot stopped in the 13th minute of the first half.
â€śI thought we played right with them in the first half,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Lance Rezmerski said. â€śWe donâ€™t have a lot of subs after that. We got worn down a little bit. The last 15 minutes of the second half, we put together some stuff.â€ť
St. Marys added a goal in the third minute of the second half as Mosebarger scored for the second time.
â€śThat was a really, really nice goal from Tim Mosebarger,â€ť Micale said. â€śHe received the ball and finished in the back of the net. Little things like that really change the momentum of the game. I think him coming out and scoring that quick goal set the pace for the remainder of the half.â€ť
Johnsonburg then tried to clear the ball down the field but it deflected right to St. Marysâ€™ Michael Fox, he scored a breakaway goal to make the margin 4-0.
Kyle Sheldon added a penalty kick goal just 36 seconds later for the Rams to put Johnsonburg on the board.
Zach Fox added a goal with 11:19 for the Dutch and Scott Barber converted a penalty kick with 2:13 left to round out the scoring.
â€śI was more than happy with the way we played,â€ť Rezmerski said. â€śLast year, this game would have been 7-0 at half. This year, it was 2-0 with one of those goals on a penalty kick, thatâ€™s just hard luck. St. Marys has a nice team. I told my kids, I think theyâ€™re a little disappointed that the score ended as high as it did. We made some mistakes but we want to go into the county tournament, first off playing Elk Christian. Weâ€™re going to go into that game with our heads up, give them a good game and hopefully come out with a victory there.â€ť
St. Marys had 22 shots on goal and six corner kicks. Johnsonburg had eight shots on goal and three corner kicks.
â€śDevon Zilcoski in the goal played a tremendous game,â€ť Rezmerski said. â€śJust a shame that there was a couple of penalty kicks that can take the wind out of a goalieâ€™s sail. For the most part, he kept his head up, made a couple of nice deflections and kept the game even closer.â€ť
Johnsonburg faces Elk County Catholic at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the Elk County Soccer Tournament.