Pather soccer team improves record |

Pather soccer team improves record

Larry Banman
Sports Correspondent
Grand County, CO Colorado

The Middle Park Panther soccer squad has won four games in a row to improve its record to 5-3-1 with recent victories over Bruce Randolf , 2-0, and Arrupe Jesuit, 1-0.

Coleman Springer and Connor Lyle scored the goals to defeat Bruce Randolph while Ramsey Blahnik had the sole goal in the Arrupe Jesuit victory.

In action on Sept. 29, the Panthers played a strong game to defeat Pinnacle, 2-0, and improved its season record to 3-3-1.

Coach Andy Paugh said he was proud of the way the team played in the home contest. “Our kids played a physical game and kept their composure,” Paugh noted.

After a scoreless first half, the Panthers were able to break through with two goals in the second half. Blahnik got things started in that game with a goal off of an assist by Justin Coucke about two minutes into the half. Late in the game, Justin Coucke put the icing on the cake with an unassisted goal.

In earlier action, the Panthers defeated the Denver School of Science and Technology, 7-0, in a contest that was also played in Granby. Scoring in that game were Connor Lyle with three goals and individual goals by Blahnik, Jerah Carter, Travis Potts and Erik Saffell.

That Panthers started the season with a win over Alexander Dawson in a game that was decided by a shootout after the regulation and overtime periods ended in a tie. Middle Park then lost to The Classical Academy, 5-0, and Lutheran Parker (2-0) before earning a 1-1 draw against Eagle Valley. After a stretch of two weeks without a game, the Panthers lost a close battle to Lake County, 2-1.

The next matches for the Panthers will be a road match played at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, a road game played at 4 p.m on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Jefferson and home contest played next at 1 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, against Bennett.


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