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Punxsy cruises to 8-2 win over DuBois Central in season opener

September 6, 2011

Punxsy sophomore Tanner Evans (right) sneaks the ball behind DuBois Central Catholic's goalkeeper and defender in a match played Tuesday in Punxsutawney. Evans' goal gave Punxsy a 5-1 lead in its home-opener, and the Chucks went on to win, 8-2. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After leading 3-1 at halftime, the Punxsy boys' soccer team scored five goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half and went on to win 8-2 over DuBois Central Catholic.

"DuBois Central has a new coach and a few new players, and I really think they're on the verge of being a much better team this year," Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said. "Fortunately, we came in with several returning starters and a decent bit of offensive firepower. It was nice to see my guys get some goals today."

Punxsy's offensive barrage was led by Tyler Presloid, who had two goals and two assists.

Tanner Evans and Brycen Lunger each added two goals of their own, and Tyler Young and Trevor Peace added one apiece to finish the scoring for Punxsy.

Shenkle was glad to see his team jump out to the more comfortable lead in the second half and keep rolling. He was also excited to see his team in action, showing it was capable of living up to its potential.

"Until you get to the live games, you just never know what you have," he said. "I know our potential, but you don't always get the full potential on the field. We still have a few things we need to work on, like ball control, and our positioning still needs to be cleaned up. We came out a bit tight at first, but we loosened up."

Punxsy's advantage during the game was the fact that it kept pressing and it was aggressive with the ball, according to Shenkle.

"We were bringing more numbers than they had defenders, and you can't de- fend them all," he said. "Those are the team goals I like to see."

Danny LeRoy and Tim Rentoski scored for DCC.

Punxsy's next match is scheduled for Thursday at Curwensville, then Punxsy will return home for its first match with DuBois next Tuesday.

"Curwensville has a really tough defense, so that'll be a good test for our strikers," Shenkle said. "I'm not looking past them to DuBois, but DuBois will be a rather good test for us, too. They're an excellent team loaded with firepower, and they're excellent at every position."

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