PRINCETON — Princeton Community had some opportunities late, but Mount Vernon withstood all the Tigers could throw their way on Monday night.
The Wildcats (5-2) defeated the Tigers (4-4) 3-1 at the Princeton Community High School soccer complex, despite a late rally attempt by the Tigers.
For the first half of play, Mount Vernon virtually dominated possession and shot attempts. Their fluency offensively in particular was incredibly impressive. The Wildcats consistently pursued and won balls in the air, and seemingly made the right pass nine times out of 10 while advancing down the field.
Even though it felt Mount Vernon was squarely in the driver’s seat, the Tigers trailed just 1-nil at halftime — with Mount Vernon’s one goal quite a controversial one. Princeton Community High School Head Boys Soccer Coach Brad Woods had pleaded his case to the officials for an offsides, to no avail.
Trailing 2-nil following an early Mount Vernon goal in the second half, the Tigers began to find some success offensively, piecing together a couple corners and some shot attempts.
Senior Cole Hurt ensured there wouldn’t be a shutout, and gave his team a glimmer of hope with a goal in the 71st minute to reduce the lead down to 2-1 with nine minutes remaining.
They had a couple of additional scoring chances late, including one in the 73rd minute. Junior Jared Dunn had a header stray just wide right of the goal in what would have been a game tying goal, and just a minute later, the Tigers were threatening, when the Wildcats seemingly got away with a hand ball in the box, which was oddly enough whistled against the Tigers. Had it gone the other away, the Tigers would have been rewarded with a potentially game-tying penalty kick chance.
The Wildcats officially closed it out in the 75th minute by punching in a score on a corner, one which the Tigers failed to clear in time.
For the game the Wildcats outshot Princeton Community 16-5, with 11 looks coming on frame and seven Wildcat corners. Princeton Community freshman goalie Blake Longabaugh played well considering the onslaught he faced much of the night, saving nine balls in the process.
The loss drops Princeton Community to 1-4 in Pocket Athletic Conference play, while the Wildcats improved to 5-2. It also ends the Tigers’ streak, as they had won three of their last four matches entering the night.
They’ll look to begin a new streak and remedy their conference mark on Thursday as they travel to face Forest Park at 5:30 p.m. The Rangers (3-6-1) previously lost to Mount Vernon 8-2 on Aug. 22.
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MV — 1 2 — 3
Tiger goals: Hurt (71’).
Assists: Przymus (71’).
Shots: Princeton: 5; Mount Vernon: 16.
Goalie: Longabaugh: 9 saves.
Next up: Thursday, Sept. 17 at Forest Park at 5:30 p.m.