Barons settle for 1-1 draw with Ephrata

By on October 1, 2014
Manheim Central senior Tanner Brenize fights through the physical play of Ephrata’s Nikita Patrushev to go on attack for the Barons.

Manheim Central senior Tanner Brenize fights through the physical play of Ephrata’s Nikita Patrushev to go on attack for the Barons.

The Manheim Central boys soccer team was in lock-down mode against Ephrata on Monday night.

The Barons seemed to be headed toward a 1-0 victory over their Section Two rivals.

But then disappointment struck.

Junior forward Nikita Patrushev scored with 4:23 left in regulation to pull Ephrata even, and there was no further scoring in two OT periods, as Manheim Central settled for a 1-1 tie in Ephrata.

Instead of three points in the standings, the Barons were forced to return home with just one. Making matters worse for the Central boys was the controversial nature of the Mounts’ tying goal, as Ephrata appeared to be offside on the play leading to Patrushev’s goal.

“Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and they’re both part of moving forward,” Barons’ coach Rod Brenize said.

The tie gave Central a record of 7-0-3 in league play (10-0-4 overall), just behind E-town (9-0-1 L-L, 11-1-1 overall) in the Section Two race with four games remaining. But Monday’s result prevented the Barons from keeping pace with the Bears. The two teams are scheduled to play this Saturday in Manheim, one of their three homes games left as of deadline.

“We no longer control our own destiny,” Brenize said.

On Monday, the Central boys did control the majority of play, capitalizing on a strong passing game to hold an 8-3 edge in shots on goal, along with a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

“We were the better team,” Brenize said. “That is an opinion, but that’s also what the data says.”

That’s also what the scoreboard said after Kale Landis beat Ephrata keeper Jimmy Hickey in the 21st minute from Tanner Brenize, who was working his magic in the midfield.

“We moved the ball all over the place,” coach Brenize said. “We were connecting passes. It’s difficult to be upset with your team whenever you’re doing exactly what the game plan was. We said at halftime, we were ahead and we were just going to keep the ball away from them. We didn’t have to move the ball forward. We could if it was there and we did when it was.”

The strategy was working for most of the second half. With 20 minutes left, the Barons went into, as Brenize described it, a lock-down mode. They were limiting Ephrata’s chances. But when the Mounts got a break on the non-call on offsides, Patrushev buried the game-tying goal. Ryan Burkholder picked up an assist on the play.

“We were just riding it out, that’s all we were doing,” Brenize remarked. “We were perfectly content to win 1-0. Until they give bonus points for winning by eight, nine goals, 1-0 looks the same as anything else. The danger of that is if you are subjected to a situation like we were tonight, then things don’t work out.”

Logan Kready finished with two saves between the pipes for the Barons.

Last Saturday, Central overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit at Tulpehocken to pull out a 2-1 non-league victory. Although the Barons finished the game with an 8-6 edge in shots, the Trojans’ Robert Eckvall accounted for the only tally in the opening 40 minutes.

It remained a one-goal game until Brenize put home the equalizer with 9:22 elapsed in the second, off a helper from John Hosler.

With time ticking away in the final minutes, Colin Brubaker scored the game-winner for the Barons with 3:00 left. Josh Hershey got the assist.

The Barons were also in action last Thursday, getting two goals from Josh Hershey in a 3-1 Section Two win over Garden Spot.

Hershey’s goal with 8:18 elapsed, on an assist from Brenize, gave Central a lead it never relinquished. The senior midfielder and Evan Pfoutz both scored insurance goals in the second.

Logan Crills added an assist on Hershey’s second goal and Kready needed to make just one save.

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