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Marines Defeat Bulldogs In Soccer Season Opener
Issue Date: August 30, 2019
After Tuesday's soccer matchup, the Marinette Marines can call themselves the kings of Marinette County, as they beat Peshtigo 3-1 in what has become something of a rivalry matchup. After a bit of a slow start, by design, Marinette started off on the right foot when Alex Shaw dispatched a penalty kick into the back of the net with 18 minutes to play in the first half.
It wasn't long until Peshtigo leveled going into the half, as Omer Farghali scored 12 minutes later to make it 1-1. Adam Bauman provided the assist. "It was our strategy that we wanted to sit back a little bit and avoid conceding a goal. That is why we deliberately gave Peshtigo a little bit of possession and let them come." said Marinette Coach Frank Pohlmann. "That also suites us much better because when you have extremely fast players it is better when they come from the deep midfield because they have a lot of field in front of them." The "sit back" strategy payed dividends for the Marines in the second half and led to numerous breakaways for shots on goal. "In our counter attempts the thing we need to focus is two more steps and your right in front of the goalie and he can't do a thing. Where if you take the shot from the 16 to 18 yard line, the goalie still has a chance."
Shaw scored again early in the second half on a breakaway to make it 2-1. Rob Hruska scored on an assist from Keegan Polomis to seal the game late.
Polomis had two assists for the visitors. Peshtigo Coach Joe Denny was pleased with the play of his young inexperienced team. "I thought we had a good first half. We have a lot of young players and new players that have never played before. But we have a lot of athleticism coming off the bench and I like our odds," said Coach Denny. Lack of conditioning is always a factor early in the season and Denny knows that has to be a goal of his players. "One of the points I made after the game was that our conditioning has to get better and all the kids agreed. That is something they need to work on."
The Bulldogs will need to replace key players from last years team. Filling those holes will not be easy. "I've moved people around a little bit and where we have gaps to fill is what we are working on. Defensively is where we are struggling right now with our inexperience."