Second half outburst lifts Bombers over Indians
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Casey Rinfret (4) takes a shot on goal as Lehighton midfielder Kacy Beck moves in from behind. Rinfret scored two goals as the
Palmerton's girls soccer team got a little gut check on Thursday afternoon when Lehighton visited PHS Stadium for a non-league contest.
The Lady Bombers not only overcame a late first half goal by the Indians to tie it, but managed to score the final three goals of the game to come from behind for a 4-2 victory on a brisk, windy day.
With both teams trying to battle the wind through the opening half, Casey Rinfret finally pushed one past Lehighton goalie Kayla Troutman with 5:19 left in the half to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead.
The Indians didn't panic however and Amanda Acabou busted loose up the middle in front of the goal and fired in the tying shot with 15 seconds left in the first half, giving the visitors the spark they needed.
Jordyn Homyak, who assisted on the first goal, gave Lehighton a 2-1 lead early in the second half with 32:51 still remaining off a Kacy Beck assist, but then the Bombers went to work.
Just over five minutes later, Alex Paulhino poked in the tying goal and Lauren David added the go-ahead score with 13:08 remaining. Rinfret's second goal of the game was an insurance score with 8:03 remaining and the Bombers played good defense and kept the pressure on offensively from there, with the wind at their backs. Kylee Turko had an assist.
"I'm really proud of my girls, they played a great game," said Palmerton head coach Barry Hahn. "They kept on going hard to the ball. The wind definitely was a factor in the first half. We dealt with that pretty well.
"My defense played pretty solid. Every once in a while they'd give it to (Jordyn) Homyak and she has good speed and a tough one to deal with. We played her a little bit closer and rotated players around because we knew she was their threat."
Hahn had high praise for his defense.
"Morgan Myers has been outstanding in the back filling in," said Hahn. "It's not her normal position and she's been playing her heart out. Cindy George and Casey Rinfret have also been playing well.
"It's been a touch season so far, but hopefully this win will help us turn the corner."
The Bombers outshot the Indians 32-14, mostly in part to controlling the offense in the second half. Kelsey Eaton had six saves in goal for Palmerton, while Troutman had nine saves.
The Bombers also had a 7-6 edge in corners.
"We had our opportunities, we just didn't cash in on them," said Lehighton head coach Dave Yob. "I was glad to see us punch one in with 15 seconds to go in the first half.
"Our numbers are limited and we have a couple of kids banged up that are just starting to come back. Now we're at the point where there is no time to practice, we're playing games every day to get them all in. Next week we have four games in a row, Tuesday through Friday.
"It's been like this most of the season where we stay with teams and are in games, but just seem to run out of gas in the second half."