CORRY - Warren head coach Tom Harrington considered Monday's match at Corry a "must-win" situation.
"The guys knew if we are going to make the playoffs, this was a must-win game," said Harrington, whose Dragons improve to 2-7 overall - after an 0-7 start - with a 5-2 win over their Region 4 opponent.
More importantly, Warren is 2-2 in region, and Corry is now 1-2, which gives every team but Bradford at least two losses in region play.
Photo by R.L. McCray
Warren’s Mitch Dorunda, left, and Corry’s Josh Schrecengost battle for possession during the Dragons’ 5-2 Region 4 win on Monday at Corry.
"I'm happy with the result," said Harrington. "We played pretty well, definitely better in the second half than we did in the first half. It was a good effort - the passing was good and has been pretty good the last couple of games."
Warren scored early, as Quinn Boger scored 10 1/2 minutes in on a pass from Ben Auzou.
Corry tied it up at 1-1 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the half, but, with two minutes left, Ryan Gustafson scored when Boger - who was being triple-teamed - led Gustafson with a pass to finish the job.
That goal gave Warren momentum into the second half, and Boger scored his second goal to make it 3-1.
With a 3-1 lead, Tristan Boger made a remarkable defensive play. With everyone on Warren beat, Boger slid across the goal line to knock a shot away from the net, and keep Warren's lead at 3-1.
Auzou and Austin Goldthwaite added goals for Warren before Corry scored to make the end result 5-2.
Jason Stanton, Boger and Gustafson had second-half assists for Warren in the win.
Warren, which outshot Corry 31-10, next plays at first-place Bradford on Wednesday. Warren lost to Bradford, 5-0, on Sept. 16.
North East 2, Eisenhower 0
NORTH EAST - Despite the loss, Eisenhower soccer coach Matt Decker called it, "one of the better games we've had all year."
"I was pleased with the way we played," said Decker, whose Knights are 3-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in Region 3. North East is one of the big three in the region, behind unbeaten-in-region Mercyhurst Prep, and are 6-2 and 4-1.
"Even though we didn't get the win tonight, I thought it was a good step for us," said Decker.
Ike trailed 1-0 just two minutes into the match, and then held tight until a handball was called against the Knights ion the box with two minutes left in the half. North East converted the penalty kick, and led 2-0 at the half.
"We managed only one shot on goal, but at the end of the game had a lot of attack going," said Decker. "In the second half, they only managed three shots."
One of those was a "big save to keep us in the game," said Decker, by Alex Johnson, who went into goal tend when starter Casey Vincent was moved into the field to give the Knights another attacker.
Decker said Josh Eernisse kept the attck going for Ike, and Ricky Zortman and Eric Daugharthy played well.
Ike has another stiff test, at Fairview (3-2 in region).