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BOYS' SOCCER: PERKINS' LATE GOAL HELPS NEB EDGE TROY DURING TOURNAMENT ACTION (2022-09-17)

Northern Tier Sports Report
ROME — The two teams may have been shorthanded, but they stay put on a show for the fans Saturday. NEB used a very late goal by Westen Perkins to pull out the 4-3 win over Troy during their tournament action Saturday.

NEB opened the scoring 3:39 into the first half as Perkins scored off a Ben Ellis assist.


Troy answered with a Brady Spalding goal late in the opening half with 37:38 on the clock off an Ethan Cole assist.


The match stayed 1-1 through the break, but Cesar Alvarez broke the tie with a goal less than nine minutes into the second half off a Clayton Frasier assist.


The game went back and forth after that, until 14:56 when Ethan Cole on a direct kick over the goalie’s outstretched arms to once again knot things up at 2-2.


Alvarez answered immediately, driving through the Troy defense to score just over a minute later to put NEB back up 3-2.


It took the Trojans just 12 seconds to answer, as Spalding broke down the NEB defense, then fed Randall in front of an open net to tie things back up at 3-3.


Perkins, though, played the hero, scoring off an Alvarez assists with 12:10 on the clock for the 1-goal lead.


Troy had their chances for the tie - Spalding got a one-on-one with Ellis - but the keeper deflected it away. It rolled dangerously in front of the goal, but Cody Strauss was able to beat the crashing Trojans to the ball, and clear it.


The Trojans had a good centering kick on a corner, but it passed through.


NEB had a 17-13 edge in shots, while Troy had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.


Eli Randall made five saves for Troy, while Ellis had nine saves for the Panthers.


Both teams fell to Elk Lake, NEB in the morning and Troy in the afternoon.


The Trojans lost 4-2, as Spalding and Ben Randall both had goals off Andrew Houseknecht assists.


The match was 2-1 at the half.


Eli Randall made two saves in net, while Troy enjoyed a 16-12 in edge shots. They also had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.


The Panthers lost to Elk Lake 4-0. Elk Lake led 1-0 at the half, then added three more goals in the second to pull away.


Shots were nearly even, as Elk Lake at 16-15 edge, with the Panthers getting a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.


NEB’s Ellis made 15 saves in net.


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PHOTO CAPTION: NEB keeper Ben Ellis blocks the shot of Troy’s Brady Spalding…PHOTOS BY CHRIS MANNING



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