LEWISBURG — The Preble Shawnee soccer team slipped past the Tri-County North Panthers, 5-4, on Thursday, Sept. 22.
North had 11 shots on goal with four scores, compared to Shawnee’s 12 shots on goal.
The game opened with North scoring the first goal within the first 15 minutes into the half. But three minutes later, Arrow junior captain Luke Feck sneaked one past the home team’s defense to tie up the match.
After the tied score, Cameron Neal scored a goal with an assist by Feck to take them to a 2-1 lead. The Arrows went into the break up by one.
Just one minute into the second half, Nick Schraub made an assist to Feck who scored again, to build up a 3-1 lead against the Panthers. Another quick goal came from Feck only three minutes later, assisted by Kage Worley.
Despite trailing 4-1, North didn’t give up, and was able to get around the Arrow defense, scoring with 23 minutes left.
North scored again within minutes to close the gap to one.
With only 15 minutes left, TCN scored once again, running a three goal rally against Shawnee to tie the match at four each.
But PS saw their break, when sophomore and JV player Tanner Hammonds took an assist from Neal to score the fifth goal to give the lead back to the Arrows with eight minutes left in the match.
The Arrow defense was able to hold on for the remaining few minutes and Shawnee won, 5-4.
“Hammonds was able to pull it together in the end and we were able to pull out the win,” said coach Jeff Clevenger.
“The other team played well with no subs. I think we came into this game too confident and when we got up by three, we started getting lazy and were losing our edge,” Clevenger said. “We definitely still have things to work on — we never should have let the game get so close at the end. We need to learn to stay focused during the game and not back off any, because things can change quickly.”
North was scheduled to play on Monday, Sept. 26, against Milton-Union at home.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH