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Wounded Eagles Battle PO to the bitter end, falls 1-0

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Playing without four of their starters going into their game against Philipsburg-Osceola, the Eagles never wavered and gave the Mounties everything the could handle before falling 1-0 on a second half goal.

“I am out four of my main starters. All my entire midfielders were out, my striker was out and my goalie was out,” said Bald Eagle coach  Jason Bair. “So you take four key players off of any team and tell them to go out there and play tonight and that’s what they did.”

Goalie Clayton Reigh stood tall for most of the game picking up six saves while PO’s goalie Caleb Pellerite was tough in the cage as well posting four saves.

The success of the “new faces in new places” for the Eagles was led by Backfielders  Joe Lange, Jacob Saladna and Darren Huyett.

Philipsburg-Osceola outshot Bald Eagle by a 9-5 margin while the Eagles led in corner opportunities 3-2.

In the first half, both teams drove the ball up and down the field looking to find a let down in the others defense.

POs Nick Mostin led the offensive charge and had numerous opportunity for what looked like an open shot but at the last second, the Eagles back-third swooped in and squashed any early threat by the visitors.

Neither were able to take advantage of their two corner opportunities as the ball was shot wide each time.

When the two went into the intermission, the game was tied at zero.

The second half opened in the same way that the first half ended.

But at 33:30, Alex Godin’s goal put his team on the board after hitting a blast into the corner of the goal, making it 1-0.

For the rest of the entire second half, the Eagles were in striking distance of tying the contest.

However, they were just not able to get one through despite the heroic effort by the fiesty Eagles.

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