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ORSA Kerr vs Mercer-Bailey - 05/04/14

posted May 6, 2014, 9:13 AM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA Kerr played a dominant game against the Mercer – Bailey team at home on Sunday.  This is the second time the Kerr team has faced the Mercer team with the same outcome.  The game started off a little sluggish just like the previous week, but the Force quickly picked up the pace.  Lauren Billingsley found the back of the net first on an assist from Nathan Pfennigwerth to start off the scoring.  The Mercer team had a push down the field that caught the ORSA defense on their heels, splitting the defenders tying the score at 1-1.  Lauren Billingsley then found herself on the receiving end of a long ball from goalie Johnathan Leccia and putting it home.  Billingsley and Pfennigwerth teamed up again to secure the hat trick for Lauren and minutes later Nathan found the back of the net on his own to end the half at 4-1.  A strong defensive effort by goalie Johnathan Leccia as well as Tristen Bliss and Emma Pfennigwerth kept the Mercer team from any further offensive pushes.  Carson Kerr had several opportunities as he continued to push the offensive play forward and unsettle the play of the Mercer defense.  Eric Reynolds had several opportunities to spoil the offensive efforts of the Mercer team and stepped up to the call.  Alex Reynolds had chances to push the ball forward but the Mercer defense was able to make the stops.  The second half started off just as the first half finished with the Kerr led team pushing the play forward.  Koben Parry found himself in goal the second half, but with a strong defense in front of him…he found himself relatively untested.  One shot from Mercer caromed off the top of the goal with Parry thwarting that attack with smart play.  Billingsley rang up her fourth score of the game on a steal deep in the Mercer end and quickly pushing the ball forward and capitalizing on the mistake.  Nathan then took the ball coast to coast with several dazzling moves to finish his scoring opportunity.  Carson Kerr had a break away chance midway through the second half, but was unable to control the ball and finish the opportunity.  Moments later, Johnathan Leccia caught the eye of Nathan pushing forward with a defense splitting pass.  Leccia’s smart play found himself in the perfect position to take a couple of touches and then popped the ball past the outstretched goalie for his first ORSA goal of the season.  The scoring was completed by Pfennigwerth who blasted a shot that was initially blocked by the goalie, but with a sliding effort, Nathan put the ball in the lower corner just past a diving goalie.  Tristen Bliss continues to play smart, unselfish, team soccer while generating some scoring opportunities of his own that just won’t go in the net as he would wish.  Emma Pfennigwerth was again the anchor of the defense stopping the offensive push of the other team while punching the ball back into play deep in the other team’s end and quarterbacking the defensive effort.   Koben, Alex and Eric continue to contribute more and more each game with their continued application of the coaches’ teachings.  ORSA Kerr faces off against Kinzua – Harrison this Saturday, May 10, 2014.