Chucks dominate St. Marys soccer

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As soon as the rain let up Saturday morning, the Punxsy poured in the goals. The Chucks dominated St. Marys, 5-0, behind a pair of scores from Trevor Peace and Kevin Hughes.

Peace led the Chucks with a pair of goals and an assist with two tallies coming from Hughes. Tanner Evans connected for the other score.

Four other Punxsy players assisted on goals in Brycen Lunger, Tommy Renwick, Johnny Gigliotti and Taylor Phillips. Goalie Tristan Acre posted five saves in net.

“I am very pleased with the guys. They are starting to play stronger,” said Chucks’ coach Phil Shenkle. “We stepped up and played hard all the time today.”

After a scoreless opening 12:27, Punxsy turned on its scoring as soon as the rain stopped. Peace opened a trio of goals in just over six minutes from 20 yards out on the left wing off a pass by Lunger.

Two minutes later, the Chucks (6-3) rushed the net again.

Renwick pushed a short pass to Hughes, who made two moves and put the ball hard past the keeper after the home team gained possession off a save off the St. Marys goalie for a 2-0 score.

Punxsy hit two more shots with the second off the left post moments later. At 29:51, Peace hit a pass across the goal crease to find a cutting Hughes to put it behind the goalie for a 3-0 tally, which was the intermission score.

The Chucks bunched their goals again in the second half. Two new Punxsy players combined for the fourth tally. Phillips passed a through ball to Evans, who promptly connected from 12 yards straight on for the score at 51:33.

The final score of the day came off the foot of Peace from around 10 yards into the left side of the net after a nice short pass from Giglotti for what would be the 5-0 final with 25 minutes to go in the game.

“Our goal now is to play hard enough to need to be subbed multiple times for in the game,” added Shenkle. “We are now playing with a higher motor.”

The Chucks are back in action Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Curwensville.