Friday, May 22, 2015

Sparwood edges Pincher in U18 Soccer

Joey Jackson

Pincher Creek's U18 soccer team was on the road again for their first matchup against Sparwood. Pincher found themselves down by 2 at the half, battled back to tie the game late in the second half , but after an excellent crossing play by the Sparwood strikers Pincher was handed their first loss of the season, Sparwood winning by a score of 3-2. 

While Pincher dominated possession time and the mid-field for most of the game, two small mistakes in front of their own net ended up costing them two goals in the first half of the game. The biggest reason for Pincher's first loss of the season was that they couldn't get any shots on net, not necessarily because of Sparwoods defence, but because of the accuracy of their shots.  Pincher could have easily taken this game if they had converted a few more of their chances.

Levi Anderson was the only one to hit the back of the net for Pincher this game, scoring both of his team's goals off of corner kicks by Colin Lincez. The first of Levi's goals was a header from just outside the 6 yard box that the Sparwood goalie had no chance of saving after it was redirected into the top corner of the net. His second and tying goal was on a similar play that was in the middle of the box, but was controlled and shot into the back of the net.

Pincher will be staying home for the rest of the season including the year end tournament next month, but first they will play both Elkford and Sparwood again in the next three weeks at home.

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