Varsity boys soccer: Kane at Smethport

SMETHPORT – The Kane Wolves varsity soccer team travelled to Smethport on Tuesday night to take on the rival Smethport Hubbers for the season opener. As expected, the game was very physical and was decided by the slimmest of margins. Kane got on the board early (36 minutes remaining in the first half) after Jesse Brinkley sent a beautiful through ball to Ryan Peterson. After receiving the ball Ryan took a couple touches before burying the ball in the lower far post netting. The rest of the first half featured great defense by both teams. The entire Kane defensive unit did a remarkable job limiting Smethport’s offensive attack to minimal scoring opportunities. Kane’s offense did a great job brewing up some scoring opportunities of their own but great defense by Smethport along with their goalkeeper kept the margin at just one goal. It looked as if Kane would preserve their one-goal lead going into the half but Smethport found the equalizer after a ball was crossed into the box with only 30 seconds remaining in the half. The halftime score was 1-1.The second half featured more great play by both teams, but neither team was able to find the net. As play concluded, it was apparent that both teams would need to dig deep during the overtime sessions. Most of the Kane starters had already played 80 minutes of regulation, and two 10-minute overtime periods still remained. During the overtime session high school soccer plays by golden goal regulations where the first team to score wins the game. After a scoreless 10-minute period, both Kane and Smethport had one last opportunity to score a goal before the game would end in a draw. With about six minutes remaining Ryan Peterson crossed a perfect ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper and directly to the head of Jack Wolfe who put the ball into the net for the game winner.See full article by purchasing the Sept. 8 edition of The Kane Republican.