A goal 2:05 minutes into the first overtime by Alexander Perez set the ‘Ville fans celebrating with their Pattonville Pirates soccer team as they won their second straight Class 4 District title against Hazelwood West. It was controversial as Perez was clearly off-side when the ball bounced in the direction of the West goal and he pounced. I can’t say who had the last touch as there were several players reacting to the ball that was sent into the offensive third and it was ruled a goal.
PHOTO GALLERY – Pattonville v Hazelwood West
Perez was influential throughout the match with his touch, pace and creativity but it was center back Byron Reyes who got the Pirates on the board in the 32nd minute. His goal was a left-footed blast from about 30 yards into the top left corner. It came as Pattonville had created some sustained pressure that kept the ball in the attacking third. When an attempted clearance bounced out of the box Reyes was in the position because of that pressure. One touch to his left and the blast, with a left foot I’ve seen him put to good use for the Lou Fusz Popovich team the last few years.
West came back to tie the score early in the second half. Much like in the first half, they were able to dictate the early tempo and keep the ball in their offensive end. The goal was scored by Sr. captain Bryan Carroll when he made a nice diagonal run into the box, receiving a simple thru ball that was threaded through the defense by defensive midfielder Andrew Heider, in position for the play because of the pressure. Carroll did a good job of receiving while in full stride and slotting his second touch away from the keeper.
For the Pirates, sophomore keeper Thomas Mcfarland and senior midfielder Eric Barcenas were critical to the result. An up-and-comer is sophomore Daniel Ndungu who was tireless in his two way play, speed to burn and crafty. He came on about 15 minutes into the game and didn’t come out as an outside midfielder. The Wildcats will rely heavily on midfielder Jonathan McCarthy next year with the graduation of Heider, Anthony Larocca, Dominic Holland and the brothers Lyeki, leading scorer Zackery Lyeki, sweeper Jared Lyecki as well as Carroll.