Perryville soccer endured a hiccup, but finished strong on Saturday.
The Pirates defeated host Hillsboro Hawks 2-1 in overtime to claim third place at the Hillsboro Boys Soccer Tournament Sept. 24.
Andrew Welk scored the game-winning goal less than one minute in the extra period to secure the finish. One that Perryville soccer coach Jerry Fulton felt like his team improved as the week went on.
“I thought we did ok,” Fulton said. “We had a hiccup against Fox that cost us getting into the championship game.”
Perryville defeated eventual tournament champion Seckman 2-1 on Sept. 19, and then fell to Fox 1-0 on Sept. 20.
“I felt like we dominated and controlled the whole game,” Fulton said. “We just didn’t put a goal in, but we did everything else.”
Perryville rebounded well after the loss with a 2-0 victory over Lutheran South. Fulton noted that the first tiebreaker for the eight-team tournament was goal differential, instead of head-to-head matchup. Seckman defeated Fox 8-1 for the deciding factor.
The Jaguars defeated Washington 5-0 for the title.
“We were beating Lutheran South 2-0 in the first half and lightning came in about 30 seconds into the second half and we never got the chance to finish the game,” Fulton said.
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