Austin Krise showed how he climbed to second on Philipsburg-Osceola’s all-time scoring list with yet another goal Thursday night.
Krise exploded from the defensive end, using his long stride to run past Huntingdon defenders while kicking the ball downfield, and soon drew Bearcats goalkeeper Kody Heaton out of the net.
Krise considered chipping a shot over him, then went hard and low, sending the ball into the right corner of the net to break a scoreless tie late in the second half. Krise’s goal proved to be the difference as the sixth-seeded Mounties beat third-seeded Huntingdon 1-0 in the District 6 Class AA boys’ soccer tournament.
It was Krise’s 28th goal of the season.
And Krise said it developed like most have this year.
“I kick and chase,” Krise said. “That’s what I have to do, and I’m a lot quicker than most people.”
The Mounties (10-4-3) advanced to the semifinals to face second-seeded Somerset at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hollidaysburg High School.
P-O coach Shawn Inlow said his team focused on playing tough defense Thursday night.
“I think their defense is their strong suit, and our attack is our strong suit,” Inlow said. “But we decided today to play defense. We decided to lay back and clear things out and just be safe.”
Krise’s best opportunity in the first half ended before he could get a shot off. Krise made a run toward the goal with four Huntingdon defenders around him and was tripped, setting up a free kick for Philipsburg-Osceola.
The Mounties couldn’t break through, but they held the Bearcats in check, too.
Mounties goalie Payton Moore came up with a pair of big saves — making a leaping stop in the first half and turning away another golden opportunity away in the second half — to help keep Huntingdon off the board. Moore finished with six saves.
“Payton came up big for us,” Inlow said.
Huntingdon dominated possession in the second half and threatened to break a scoreless tie with less than 13 minutes to play.
The Bearcats had an open chance in the middle of the field.
But the shot sailed high, leaving Huntingdon players in stunned crouches on the field and giving the Mounties hope.
Inlow turned to his assistant coach Tom Petro after the shot and said, “They just lost the game.”
“If they don’t score on that, they don’t score,” Inlow said.
Less than six minutes later, Krise broke loose for the game-winning goal.
Inlow said he knew Huntingdon would aim to double and triple team Krise to neutralize him. But Krise was patient and contributed to the team’s strong defensive effort.
So he was fresh when he took off on his long run to give Philipsburg-Osceola a 1-0 lead with 6:46 remaining.
“Austin’s game-winner was amazing,” Inlow said. “That was a 70-yard (run), one against four.”
Krise deflected credit to his teammates for his prolific season.
“I don’t take on the whole team by myself,” Krise said. “I’ve got a whole 10 other players behind me and it all starts with that.”
But when his team needed it Thursday night, Krise created his own scoring chance and finished it to lift the Mounties to victory.
And Philipsburg-Osceola is now one win away from playing for a district championship.
Said Krise: “Hopefully we can make a run for the championship.”