Panthers win matchup of area powers

¦ Outscore 2012 Division 3 qualifier Oostburg for sixth win in eight days


MICHAEL BOLLAND (left) of Plymouth and Oostburg’s Cody Wallace fight for the ball during Tuesday night’s soccer game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MICHAEL BOLLAND (left) of Plymouth and Oostburg’s Cody Wallace fight for the ball during Tuesday night’s soccer game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley OOSTBURG – The Plymouth Panthers continued an impressive run during a grueling part of their schedule as they defeated Oostburg, 3-1, in a battle of area boys soccer powers here Tuesday night.

PHS has won six matches in a row during an eight-day stretch. The Panthers improved to 13-3- 2 with the nonconference win. Oostburg, a Division 3 state qualifier last year, slipped to 13- 6-1.

Junior midfielder Michael Bolland scored the eventual winning goal in the first half with a strong shot into the left corner of the net which gave PHS a 2-1 halftime lead.

Sophomore midfielder Ryan Holec added an insurance goal for the Panthers in the second half for a 3-1 lead.

Senior forward Cooper Ebbott put PHS up 1-0 with a goal early in the first half. The Flying Dutchmen evened the score when senior midfielder Jake Swihart blasted a direct free kick into the left corner of the net.

“We played a good second half, and a first half to forget. This week we have played four games [in the past four days] and our players are getting physically tired,” said Panther head coach Rommy Herrera.

“However, during the second half we took the ball away from Oostburg and we started playing our style of soccer by going to the ball, challenging on defense, possessing and creating opportunities to score.”

Bolland and Ebbott had one assist each. PHS led 5-4 in shots on goal. Panther goalkeeper Drew Schweiger made three saves and Oostburg goalie Harrison Brill had two.

PLYMOUTH 3

OOSTBURG 1


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