Presloid scores 5, lifts Chucks to victory

BROOKVILLE — Punxsy senior Tyler Presloid was the main presence for the Chucks, scoring five goals and leading his team to a dominating 7-3 victory over the Brookville Raiders Thursday afternoon in Brookville.

"Tyler makes us go," Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said. "We have a lot of guys that can score, but he's just a special player. We can move him all over the field. ... Where ever I have him, he's the best player on our team."

Presloid began the scoring during the seventh minute of play as he scored on a direct kick to the right side of the net, which Brookville keeper Taylor Cudworth could not control.

The game was evenly matched through the next few minutes of play, and Brookville's Wyatt Long tied the score at one halfway through the first from the left side corner. Senior Brett Smith was credited with the assist.

Punxsy had another close call when the ball was hanging in front of the Raiders' goal, but no one was there to kick in the rebound. But Punxsy was able to take back the lead before the end of the half as Trevor Peace scored an unassisted goal from the left side of the field.

Presloid started to take over during the second half as he scored on the first shot of the half. His shot from straight down the middle went over Cudworth's head and found the back of the net. Just two minutes into the half, the Chucks had a two-goal lead.

Punxsy needed only two more minutes for Peace to find the net as he scored from almost the same position as Presloid's second goal.

During the 45th minute of play, Presloid completed his hat trick, scoring from the left side of the net, assisted by Peace, and the Chucks led 5-1 with just under 35 minutes to play.

The final six minutes of the game were filled with offensive action, as both teams scored twice. Long found the back of the net from the right side after a pass by Smith, cutting Punxsy's lead to three.

With 4:18 left on the clock, Presloid hit a goal from right in front of the net, which was assisted by Ty Zimmerman.

Brookville kept up its momentum, though, and with 23 seconds left in the game, Smith got a goal from off a direct kick.

Presloid completed the scoring, notching his fifth goal of the game, when he scored just as time was expiring.

The team exploded in celebration, knowing it had beaten a tough opponent.

"Quite frankly, any time we come against Brookville and come away with a win, I'm happy," Shenkle said. "They are a quality opponent, so you just never know what you have coming in here, because they are very well coached. The kids play really hard, and you always know it's going to be a hard game."

Shenkle said despite the convincing win, he thought there were some things that needed improvement.

"I have a bunch of new players, and we're doing a new set," he said. "There's frustrations with that, growing pains and such. ... There are some things I want to work on."

He complimented the play during the first 20 minutes of the second half, during which Punxsy shut down almost all Brookville's opportunities.

"We had about twenty minutes in the second half that I was really happy with," Shenkle said. "The guys were flying around, just playing with a very high motor, lots of high energy, and that 20 minutes I was thrilled with."

With the victory, the Chucks have improved their record to 3-1 on the season, and Shenkle said he was happy with the start, especially given the fact that Punxsy has only lost to DuBois, which is known as a threat in the division.

DuBois took down Punxsy Tuesday night, notching a 4-1 victory over the Chucks. Presloid was the only scorer for Punxsy as he kicked in the final goal of the game with just over 10 minutes left to play. The scorers for DuBois were Ian Yount, Teage Kolar, Landon Hanna and Gabe Hrecznyj.

Punxsy will play again Saturday against Brockway.