JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg boys soccer team honored its trio of seniors before Johnsonburg’s game against Port Allegany Wednesday night.
Luke Shreffler, Trey Rose and Tommy Imbrogno were honored.
The Gators would go on to win the game by a 7-2 margin.
Kyle Sheldon had a good chance in the box for the Rams with 24 minutes left in the first half, Johnsonburg also had a free kick near the Port Allegany penalty area early in the first half.
“For 30 minutes in the first half we played well,” Johnsonburg coach Lance Rezmerski said. “For 20 minutes in the second half, we played real well. We got the score back from 3-0 to 3-2. We had them on their heels and then they got their composure back. Once they did, they showed why they're one of the best teams in District 9 right now. They’re playing everybody tough and we’re wishing them luck into the playoffs.”
The Rams stayed right with the Gators for much of the early portion of the game but Port Allegany ultimately broke through first as Scott Brookens scored for the Gators with just over 13 minutes left in the half. Tyler Kittilson wasted little time in extending the Port Allegany lead as he scored just over a minute later to put the Gators up 2-0.
Sam Kysor added a goal off an assist from Brookens as the Gators led 3-0 at halftime.
Caleb Hefright launched a perfect free kick into the upper left corner with 38:30 left in the second half to close the lead to 3-1. Johnsonburg then garnered a corner kick with 32:00 left and Hefright struck the ball from the corner. The ball seemed to go off a Port Allegany defender and into the net as the Rams cut the lead to one at 3-2 and were back into the game.
The momentum would dissipate as Kittilson added another goal with 21:24 left to put the lead back to 4-2. Brookens scored again with 13:58 left and Kittilson poured in another goal with 9:39 left to put the lead to 6-2. Tyler Tucker rounded out the scoring for Port Allegany with a goal around seven minutes remaining.
Johnsonburg finishes the regular season with this game. The Rams also won 1-0 against Clarion-Limestone Tuesday night.
“The story of our life that hurt us this season is we lost seven games by one goal,” Rezmerski said. “We’ve been competitive and for the kids to come back with this kind of an effort against a top-notch team after such a heartbreaking season, we were proud of them for that.”
Rezmerski said goalkeeper Mason Walters did an admirable job on the back line this year.
“Mason Walters, all year long, he’s done a good job in the goal,” Rezmerski said. “When they’re shooting that many times at you, they’re bound to go in. He did a good job.”
Before the game, Johnsonburg honored the three seniors on the team which are listed below.
n Tommy Imbrogno is the son of Tom and Nikki Imbrogno. His future plans are to attend St. Francis University and to major in Biology.
n Trey Rose is the son of Robin and Timothy Rose. His future plans are to go to college for Musical Production and Engineering.
n Luke Shreffler is the son of Kim Shreffler. His future plans are to attend a 4-year college and major in Accounting.
“My seniors, it was a good night for them, they put up a good show,” Rezmerski said.