JOHNSONBURG – St. Marys boys soccer won its season opener 6-1 over Johnsonburg Tuesday night at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.
“I’m satisfied,” St. Marys coach Russ Micale said. “We definitely have some bugs to work out of our system. As far as the game went, they improved as the game went on. That’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 we’ll get there.”
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.
“I thought we played right with them in the first half,” Johnsonburg coach Lance Rezmerski said. “We don’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.”
St. Marys added a goal in the third minute of the second half as Mosebarger scored for the second time.
“That was a really, really nice goal from Tim Mosebarger,” Micale said. “He 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.”
Johnsonburg then tried to clear the ball down the field but it deflected right to St. Marys’ 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.
“I was more than happy with the way we played,” Rezmerski said. “Last 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, that’s just hard luck. St. Marys has a nice team. I told my kids, I think they’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. We’re going to go into that game with our heads up, give them a good game and hopefully come out with a victory there.”
St. Marys had 22 shots on goal and six corner kicks. Johnsonburg had eight shots on goal and three corner kicks.
“Devon Zilcoski in the goal played a tremendous game,” Rezmerski said. “Just a shame that there was a couple of penalty kicks that can take the wind out of a goalie’s sail. For the most part, he kept his head up, made a couple of nice deflections and kept the game even closer.”
Johnsonburg faces Elk County Catholic at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the Elk County Soccer Tournament.