North Moore Soccer Drops Heartbreaker to East Montgomery
The North Moore boys' soccer team lost 1-0 in a valiant effort against East Montgomery — the No. 2 —ranked 1A team in the state - Wednesday night.
Both teams had many scoring opportunities throughout the match. Each had bursts where they were in command.
East had three shots early in the game that went wide of goal. Two came off the foot of Daniel Hernandez and one from Felix Jaimes.
Late in the first half, the Mustangs started to find an offensive rhythm when a penalty kick off the foot of Noe Ramirez sailed wide. Ramirez also fired a shot on goal in the closing seconds of the first half, but the ball was too high.
Through the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Eagles took control of the ball with many scoring chances coming on corner kicks. Twice in the second half, senior goalkeeper Jose Peralta blocked two open-field shots by East's Hernandez.
North Moore would have a few other scoring opportunities midway through the final half as a shot by Alejandro Mendoza and a header from Ramirez off a corner kick both missed the goal.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, East turned up the intensity as they controlled possession for the most part. A Hernandez shot and two corner kicks were both blocked by North Moore's Peralta.
It seemed like all either team needed was a mistake by their opponent to take the lead.
With five minutes left in the game, a high bouncing ball went over the head of Peralta which allowed East's Hernandez a wide-open shot on goal that produced the game-winner.
Peralta finished with 17 saves in the match.
"It was a bad bounce and our keeper missed it" said coach Michael Shamberger of the lone goal. "I'm really proud of them."
Jonathan Bym is a senior at North Moore High School.
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