PHCC Men’s Soccer Team Advances to Semifinals with PK Shootout Win

October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By CHRIS PRIDE – Bulletin Sports Editor

Patrick Henry Community College men’s soccer coach Scott Haywood felt as though he had a sixth sense heading into Tuesday’s NJCAA Region X tournament quarterfinal match against Wake Tech.1377128_662027410495548_136908538_n

Knowing how tightly contested the teams’ games against one another were during the regular season — a 2-0 PHCC win and 0-0 double-overtime draw — Haywood had his team work on a penalty-kick shootout drill at the end of Monday’s practice.

The forward thinking paid off in a big way Tuesday night when the game ended 2-2 after the first overtime.

Bassett High School graduate Lucas Prillaman scored the winning kick in the shootout to send the Patriots (15-6-2) into the Region X semifinals after winning 3-1 on penalties at the Smith River Sports Complex. The Patriots play at USC-Lancaster, host of the region semifinals against No. 1 seeded Spartanburg Methodist out of South Carolina.

“(Coach) said I was fifth, and I was grateful for that. Whenever I’m on the bench I get nervous because I’m not in,” Prillaman said. “I’d rather be able to contribute. It’s a great feeling to have the opportunity to take that last kick.

“We felt like we outplayed them, and fatigue wise I think we were a little bit stronger going into PK’s. We also knew we had Bill (Ison) in net and some good spot kick takers.”

After Darian Martin started the shootout by missing over the crossbar, Justin Witzke buried Wake Tech’s (10-7-1) only goal low and hard down the middle. PHCC responded with two straight conversions as Oscar Ulloah and Alessandro Brachetti both buried shots to the right corner. Ison then made two diving saves, one to his right and the other to his left.

After Daniel Maldonado missed a chance to all but seal the win with a miss in the fourth round, Wake’s Austin Brogan hit the right post, keeping the Patriots ahead 2-1.
Prillaman then stepped up and beat Eagles keeper Thomas Mousseau to the lower left corner for the win.

“Well the funny part is guess what we practiced (Monday) at practice? This exact tense situation,” Haywood said. “I picked five and put them out there. Had the rest of the team sit around them, and have them banter to help replicate the situation. I was hoping it wouldn’t get that far, but it did and I thought we could have put it away in one of the 10s (overtime session).

“It’s not about being the best player or the best shot maker. It’s more about being calm under those situation and who better than Lucas to step up in that fifth slot. Also Bill thrives on making those saves.”

It was the first overtime win this season for PHCC after coming away with a pair of draw, one of them to Wake Tech.

Haywood said he thought his team shouldn’t have to be forced into a penalty kick situation, and was not pleased in giving away two leads in the match, including the equalizer inside the final 10 minutes. This after the Patriots took the lead seven minutes prior.

After holding the Eagles to three shots in the first half, the PHCC defense was under a more steady attack in second half conceding nine shots — seven of them on goal. Brogan tied the match for the first time at the hour mark using his speed to out-run the Patriots defense on a perfectly slotted through ball up the right channel. In 1-on-1 with Ison, Brogan slid the shot to the far corner.

Andrew Martin then found the net for the second equalizer off a deflected shot by John Tripp. The ball came off a PHCC defender and right to Tripp open on the right side of the penalty marker and was able to beat Ison easily not ready for the change of angle.

“I think we pushed up a little too far at times and left a gap in the midfield with not having enough players drop back,” Prillaman said. “We had a little more of an attacking mindset than what we should’ve had.”

Especially after Mandela Kafi headed home a rebound off a header that was saved by Nick Clark all stemming from a corner kick. Those were the first two shots for the home side in the second half.
Burbee switched up his attack for the second half and changed his formation to a 4-4-2 to help provide more wing pressure.

“This is what a No. 4-5 seed game should be like. Both teams battled hard. Both teams were up, both teams were down, it was a emotional, and that’s what you want out of playoff soccer. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end of it tonight. The guys responded well and I’ve seen other teams crumble in that situation, but my boys fought back. We got the first one back after halftime and then tied it 2-2 late, but in penalties anything can happen.”

The Patriots’ Zeke Kelderman scored the game’s first goal in the 41st minute as a late sub. He sent what looked to be a bending cross from the left side into the box that found a way over Mousseau and deflected off the inside of the far post and in.

Ison made seven saves in the win. Wake Tech held a slim 14-13 shots advantage while PHCC held a narrow 7-5 edge in corners.

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