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ORSA Ritchey at Mercer - 09/28/14

posted Oct 3, 2014, 1:33 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA U10-Ritchey tied Mercer 1-1 in a game that saw a much improved ORSA team take the pitch.  Landon Perry in the true definition of a teammate played keeper the entire game and was exceptional.  At the start ORSA took control of the match, putting Mercer on the defensive with an offensive onslaught of dribbling runs and passes.  Kaden Henderson was fantastic from his striker position as he constantly pressured with the ball and held possession in the offensive end.  Jay Prettyman was great on the ball taking touches and getting behind the final line of defense to get shots on goal.  Eventually Jay put one in the back of the net to record his first ORSA goal ever and put ORSA up 1-0.  ORSA would not let up the pressure.  Seldon Bean was also attacking and had shots that were either saved by the Mercer keeper or shot just wide of the goal.  ORSA had another great opportunity in the closing moments of the first half with Kaden Henderson once again holding the ball in the offensive zone and drawing a foul in the penalty box resulting in a penalty shot.  Kaden immediately went to the spot to take the kick and his shot missed the goal wide by a few inches.  Mercer's best opportunity of the first half was a 2 on 1 into the ORSA defense, but Tanner Kightlinger was up to the challenge with a timely tackle that moved the ball out to a teammate and thwarted the threat.  ORSA took a 1-0 lead into the half.  The 2nd half started much the same for ORSA; ORSA attacking and Mercer trying to counter attack and catch the ORSA defenders too far forward.  Mercer was able to pull one off creating a 1 on 1 versus keeper Landon Perry.  Without the help of a stray ball along the goal post giving a deflection and putting the ball in the net, Perry would have kept a shutout.  With the score tied 1-1 and with such a questionable goal it would have been easy for ORSA to hang their heads but they did not.  Keegan Shreffler in at midfield from his normal defensive position attacked and had several good opportunities but just could not get one in.  Jay Prettyman likewise had chances at goal but Mercer's keeper made save after save to preserve the tie.  Carson Whitling, Seldon Bean, Keegan Shreffler and Connor Ritchey all played great defense, keeping all but a few shots away from goal.  It was a much better team effort with all players improving on their last performance.