CURWENSVILLE — The Punxsy boys' soccer team poured on early and often in Curwensville, scoring seven goals in the first half alone, and went on to win by a final score of 9-0 Thursday afternoon.
Tyler Pressloid put Punxsy on the board at 8:52 of the first half on a goal assisted by Tanner Evans — a goal that would prove to be the game-winner.
Just five minutes later, Evans scored a goal of his own, this time an unassisted.
Evans struck again for Punxsy at the 25-minute mark, assisted by Brycen Lunger.
Pressloid added his second goal of the game at 30:31 of the first half from a Seth Gray pass, pushing Punxsy's lead to 4-0.
Gray assisted Punxsy's next goal — scored by Trevor Peace at the 35:04 mark.
Peace added his second goal in the same minute 46 seconds later, extending Punxsy's lead to six goals.
The final goal of the half came with just two seconds remaining on the clock when Kevin Hughes buried a shot.
Hughes' goal marked the second time in as many games that Punxsy scored a buzzer-beater to end the first half.
"They're definitely playing down to the whistle," head coach Phil Shenkle said.
Punxsy goalkeeper Dan Triponey saw limited action, stopping all three shots he saw Thursday.
Ty Zimmerman and Lunger scored goals in the second half to set the final tally at 9-0 against a Curwensville team that played hard to the final buzzer.
"I give Curwensville a lot of credit," Shenkle said. "They played hard down to the last second, and we appreciated and needed that.
"It gave the starters and secondary personnel a chance to play hard. There was no quit in those kids."
Punxsy's next match — Tuesday against DuBois — is the one its been looking forward to since the beginning of the year as a true test of what its made of.
"DuBois is the gold standard around here," Shenkle said. "That'll be a real test to show us where we're at; a nice litmus test to see where we are as a team."