Perry ties Jackson City in soccer action
by TONY MCGUIRE/Sports Editor
The Perry County Central soccer team got the season off to a great start, winning handedly in their first game in a new district, and taking second place in the prestigious Menifee County tournament. However, things came to a crashing halt this week as the Commodores hosted the Jackson City Tigers.
Early in the game, the Commodores' goalie J. B. Barnett went down on a play in the box. Later tests showed that the goalie would miss the rest of the season with a broken leg. Before the Commodores could adjust to the loss, they found themselves trailing the Tigers 3-2 at the half.
Perry Central opened the second half with a goal off a corner kick. The play (and the ball) took several odd turns before coming to rest in the net. Zach Hall made an excellent kick that went over the defense and curved in toward the goal. Jeff Mullins jumped over a defender to head the ball even closer to the goal. And, Charles Turner finished off the play with a header for the score.
Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as Jackson City countered with a goal to take the 4 to 3 lead. Perry Central's Ray Lee Fletcher then took over scoring the next two-goal, and completing the hat-trick. On the first, Fletcher found himself matched up with the goalie on a penalty kick. He was able to cut the ball just inside the left corner, and well outside the goalie's reach.
The go ahead goal came when Ray Lee Fletcher found himself one-on-one with the Jackson City goalie. Fletcher's shot outside the goal was met at the line by the goalie, but the force of the kick careened the ball off the goalie's head. The ball had just enough velocity left to roll uncontested into the goal, giving Perry Central the 5-4 lead.
With less than 20 seconds left in the game, Perry Central failed to clear the ball out of the Jackson City end of the field, and the Tigers wisely stepped in front of a Commodore pass for the goal. The goal tied the game at five, and since there is no longer a tie breaking shoot out in high school soccer, the game ended in a 5-5 tie.
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