Aaron Boumerhi finally broke a scoring drought with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left in regulation to give the Philipsburg-Osceola boys’ soccer team a season-opening 1-0 victory over Penns Valley on Tuesday afternoon.
After plenty of tough defense and big saves by both goalkeepers, Boumerhi broke through by blasting a half-volley into the net. With a scrum of players battling for the ball in front of the Rams’ net, fellow sophomore Kyle Albert finally got control and slipped the ball over to defender who had jumped into the offensive action.
“It was a half-volley, it was a battle in front of the net and it was in,” P-O coach Shawn Inlow said. “Aaron went forward and our holding midfielder went back — they did that on their own. He went forward with the intent to get a hoof on it. It wasn’t pretty but it counted.”
Mitc Winters made seven saves for the Mounties for the shutout while Ben Kupp matched the save total for the Rarms (1-2).
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“We had some blisterting shots,” Inlow said. “We were not strong off the front foot, but in the second half we were turning up the heat and making some adjustments. We had some shots that were amazingly good that their goalie parried away. They played us tough. It was a nail biter.”