Featuring late game heroics, senior defense-man Jason Moxley rises to the occasion, preserving Parkside’s undefeated record. In their conference opener, the Parkside Rangers mens’ soccer team hosted Missouri S & T at a breezy Wood Road Field in Kenosha late Friday afternoon. In a low-scoring battle, the Rangers would stage a comeback that portrayed resiliency and the ability to make adjustments that ended in a 1-1 tie.
“We knew the importance of coming out with a strong defense and forcing pressure offensively,” said Moxley. “Our back line held up like a wall and we benefited from some great saves.”
The 3-0 Rangers had their work cut out for them in the early going as Missouri matched them sprint for sprint. Both teams came out with a physicality that made shots on goal at a premium. Stellar defense led by Parkside junior Matt Gloshen held the game scoreless for the majority of the first half. A sloppy offensive start plagued Parkside’s ability to control the momentum which was highlighted by a bevy of turnovers.
“In the first half we failed to adjust to our opponents tactical approach to the game,” said Parkside head coach Rick Kilps. “That’s something our guys need to learn in order to elevate ourselves to the next level.”
Parkside opened the second half with a sense of urgency. Within the first twenty minutes of the half, the Rangers had totaled a whopping ten attempted shots. Their aggression offensively and defensively allowed them to keep possession of the ball in the Miners’ zone leading to several scoring opportunities which the Rangers squandered.
Parkside senior net-minder Jamie Lieberman did an exceptional job providing key saves which salvaged their 1-0 deficit until Moxley came up with a crucial goal late in regulation. At 85:47 he fired a powerful arcing shot from out deep placed just over Miners goalkeeper Pat McNamee’s outstretched arms. The Rangers would enter overtime tied at 1 with new life.
In the ladder part of the first overtime, Lieberman would suffer an injury forcing him out of the game. To the Rangers fortune, an increased defensive effort canceled out the devastating loss. On the other side, the Miners’ McNamee also pulled out all the stops with a miraculous diving save in the final ten minutes of the second overtime.
The Rangers would epitomize a game of spoiled opportunities when midfielder Jon Bebeau’s shot would travel wide right by just a hair which put the 1-1 tie in the books.
Parkside will engage in their first away match at Upper Iowa University on September 6th. This non-conference bout will be played 5 pm Sunday evening.