High School Sports

Philipsburg-Osceola blanks Cambria Heights in district soccer playoffs

In the first home playoff game in 15 years for the Philipsburg-Osceola boys’ soccer team, the Mounties enjoyed their home cooking.

Nick Boumerhi scored twice and Jarrett Rockey added the other goal in a 3-0 win over Cambria Heights at Memorial Stadium in the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals Wednesday night.

The Mounties (11-4-4) will be back home Tuesday for the semifinals to face Tyrone, a 2-0 winner over Bishop Carroll in the first game of the day at P-O.

A corner kick set up the game’s first goal, with Caleb Henry’s trigger from the corner finding the head of Taylor Golemboski. The redirection was blocked, but Boumerhi booted in the rebound.

“We got one at 10 minutes and that makes things so much easier,” P-O coach Shawn Inlow said. “Nick was on. He was playing sick, and so was my center-mid because something’s going through the team, but we survived and that goal sort of set the tone.”

A long punt from P-O keeper Jay Prentice set up the second goal, with Henry taking the ball and feeding it to Lucas Kristofits, who raced in on goal and drew the keeper before feeding it to an open Boumerhi late in the first half.

Rockey converted on a long throw-in from Golemboski, booting in the ball from point-blank range 25 minutes into the second half.

Prentice made five saves for his 12th shutout of the season and 23rd of his career in his first game back after missing two contests with a concussion.