Panthers earn shutout, grab ECC lead


SAUNDERS GENTINE, Plymouth goalie, makes a save in Thursday’s ECC soccer match versus Berlin. – Photo by Kristin Strehlow SAUNDERS GENTINE, Plymouth goalie, makes a save in Thursday’s ECC soccer match versus Berlin. – Photo by Kristin Strehlow PLYMOUTH – Plymouth seized the East Central Conference boys soccer lead with a 4-0 win over previously unbeaten Berlin Thursday afternoon at Panther Field.

The Panthers upped their ECC record to 3-0 (4-0 overall). Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) and Campbellsport are tied for second at 2-0-1. Berlin dropped to 1-1-1 in the league (3-1-1 overall).

“I am very happy with our performance today. We knew the importance of winning today’s game because Berlin and KML tied [1-1] a few days ago [on Tuesday] and this was a good opportunity for us to take the lead in our conference,” said Panther head coach Rommy Herrera.

“Right away in the first second we pressured them with every player and in every line. Berlin had a hard time connecting passes or creating opportunities to attack.


ALEX KELLY (left) of Plymouth and Berlin’s Ryan Bolen fight for the ball in Thursday’s ECC soccer match. – Photo by Kristin Strehlow ALEX KELLY (left) of Plymouth and Berlin’s Ryan Bolen fight for the ball in Thursday’s ECC soccer match. – Photo by Kristin Strehlow “The first 10 minutes of the game we played in their half and our constant pressure made them make mistakes where we took advantage to score early in the game,” said Hererra.

PHS grabbed a 2-0 lead only seven minutes into the match. Garrison Pierce scored in the second minute and Connor Joseph in the seventh.

Pierce also scored in the 46th minute which made it 3-0. His goal came on an outstanding free kick from about 30 yards out. Drew Schmitt capped off the scoring with a goal with two minutes left.

Pierce had a team-high two assists and Logan Kulow, one.

PHS led 8-5 in shots on goal. Saunders Gentine and Gabe Thull split the goalie duties for the Panthers. Sanders had four saves and Thull, one. Indian goalkeeper Thomas Reed had two.

“Every season one of our goals is to continue growing and playing better after every practice and game. I am glad to see the improvement in our team as a whole and the importance of the contribution of every player on the team,” said the coach.


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