N. Carroll wins as Reightler scores 4 goals Panthers take 5-2 game despite being outshot

September 18, 1996|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North Carroll forward Tony Reightler makes things happen all over a soccer field.

His four goals led the Panthers to a 5-2 victory over visiting South Carroll on a muddy field last night, even though the visitors outshot North Carroll by almost 3-1.

Reightler drew plenty of defensive pressure from the Cavaliers, allowing his teammates more opportunities. Perhaps more importantly, Reightler kept his composure while South Carroll players were punishing him with a physical style of defense.

"He kept his composure out there," said North Carroll coach Denny Snyder of Reightler, who was kicked off the team last year for disciplinary reasons. "He proved again that he's matured this year."

North Carroll (4-0) bolted to a 2-0 lead in just over seven minutes of play. Jamey Ayers scored an unassisted goal after a half-minute. Then Reightler converted a feed from Eric Ford less than seven minutes later, and it appeared the Panthers would win a laugher.

But South Carroll had other ideas.

For the rest of the half, the Cavaliers dominated play both at midfield and on the offensive end. South Carroll took aim on the Panthers' goal early and often, but it wasn't until the Cavs' 12th shot, more than 26 minutes into the game, that Tim Payne cut the margin to 2-1.

South Carroll (0-2-1) had a chance to tie just before intermission, but a wicked shot over the head of North Carroll keeper Justin Marlbrough hit the crossbar. To stabilize his midfield, Snyder moved Ford to halfback and played Jared Browning up front in the second half, a move that seemed to improve North Carroll. The Panthers became more aggressive in midfield, and Browning had key roles in two of Reightler's three second-half tallies.

Reightler scored off a Browning throw-in less than two minutes after the break to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead, but South Carroll countered with a goal by James Smyrnioudis, who beat three defenders to score four minutes again.

Reightler responded by dribbling down the opposite sideline and looping in a shot from about 20 yards out 10 minutes later. Then, North Carroll defensive players Marlborough and Sean Dukehart made two key plays to preserve the win.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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