PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Chucks boys' soccer squad continues to increase its record as it is now 4-1 after beating a challenging Brockway, 3-1, Saturday.
"Next to DuBois, (Brockway) was the team I was most worried about on the schedule, so I was very happy to come out with a win," Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said.
Shenkle called Trevor Peace the "star of the game" for Punxsy as he set up Tyler Presloid for all three of the Chucks' goals.
Presloid's scoring began during the 10th minute of the game, giving Punxsy an early one-goal lead. But Brockway quickly responded when Zach Puhala scored just two minutes later to tie the score.
Peace once again passed the ball to Presloid for a goal with 18:02 left in the first half, and the Chucks held a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Midway through the second half, Presloid scored an insurance goal for Punxsy, ensuring the hat trick and the victory for his team. Peace was also credited with his third assist of the night.
Shenkle said he saw great improvements in his defense against Brockway. The previous two games, the Chucks had given up seven goals — four to DuBois and three to Brookville. But Punxsy held the competitive Brockway team to just one goal.
"They were upset that the one goal got in because it was something that probably could've been prevented," Shenkle said. "But as far as I'm concerned, I was thrilled with them."
Shenkle talked specifically about how the Chucks shut down Brockway's power scorer Phil Esposito.
"I'm not sure if their big gun Phil Esposito even got a shot off; my defense was smothering," Shenkle said. "He was a guy we knew we had to be out on and shut down quickly. ... It was a great defensive effort, especially by the fullbacks."
The Chucks have a busy calendar this week, which will begin Tuesday with a game at DuBois Central Catholic. They then will play host Thursday to Redbank Valley, who the Chucks have only beaten once during Shenkle's eight-year tenure as head coach.
"They just seem to play extremely well at home, and they're a really well-coached team; they do a very good job with their players," Shenkle said. "Redbank has had our number the last few years, so this year, we're looking forward to playing them at home."
Punxsy will then wrap up Saturday at St. Marys.