Sam Morrill drives past a Belfast defender. Morrill scored two goals in Medomak’s 3-1 win over the Lions. (Paula Roberts photo)
The Medomak Valley boys soccer team won their first game of the season on Tuesday, 3-1 over Belfast. After a slow start, the Panthers unleashed 13 first half shots. Their pressure paid off with two goals before the break.
Sam Morrill converted a Micah Williamson direct kick with 18 minutes remaining to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Morrill struck again a minute and a half later on a goal set up by Jackson Vail from the left wing. Vail’s cross was redirected by Zidane McMurrin to Morrill to put Medomak up 2-0 at the half.
Belfast pulled within one with 25 minutes left in the second half on a scramble in the penalty area that saw Skylor Perkins score and Soren Moesswilde pick up the assist.
McMurrin scored on a penalty kick with 6:46 to go. The PK was called after Vail was tripped in the box.
Medomak held a 35 to14 edge in shots. Noah Beck made nine saves for Medomak and Sam Kulikowski 18 for the Lions.
Erskine 5 – Medomak 1
Erskine Academy boys soccer team defeated Medomak Valley 5-1 on Sept. 12 in South China. Erskine held a 2-1 lead until 15 minutes to play.
“It was a great game,” Medomak coach Brian Campbell said. “The last 15 minutes of the game were pretty physical. Most of the game was good soccer.”
Erskine jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead. Ryan Rodrique netted the first goal with Hoang Barnett collecting the assist 13 minutes into the contest. Luke Peabody converted a pass from Rodrique a minute and a half later.
Micah Williamson pulled the Panthers within one seven minutes into the second half when he headed in a Sam Morrill corner kick.
Eric Wormell (15:14), Rodrique (penalty kick) and Kyle Zembroski (2:59) added second half goals for Erskine.
Both goal keepers received second half yellow cards, Noah Beck for Medomak with 8:37 remaining, and Denver Cullivan for the Eagles with 22:59 remaining. Cullivan sat out 10 minutes, and Beck the remainder of the game.
Erskine held a 21-8 advantage in shots. Beck made 12 saves, and Cam Robinson seven for Medomak. Cullivan made seven stops for Erskine.