The 10th-seeded Port Allegany boys soccer team gave Brookville all they wanted in Monday’s District 9 playoff game, forcing overtime before a direct kick from just outside the box gave the seventh-seeded Raiders the 3-2 win and a date at No. 2 Karns City later in the week.
“Overall, it was a back-and-forth game,” said Gators coach Aaron Clark. Brookville scored early, but Max Morris netted the equalizer on an assist from Ken Kysor, and Sam Shaffer put Port up 2-1 with help from Ben Osani and Scott Brookens before heavy Raider pressure led to the game-tying goal to send it to the extra session.
Sophomore Ben Edgell made six saves for the Gators, who conclude their season with an 8-9-2 record. While obviously disappointed with the outcome, Clark was pleased with his squad’s effort against the larger school, which competes in Class AA in most sports.
“If you’re not going to win, it’s nice to put a scare into the other team,” he chuckled.
And with Edgell and several other underclassmen gaining critical playoff experience – “it’s a different atmosphere, different intensity,” Clark noted – he’s looking toward the future.
“Even with some players leaving, I feel confident with some of the young players we have coming back,” he concluded.