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Williamsport boys defeat Central Mountain 2-1

MILL HALL – The Wildcats posted a tremendous effort, but Williamsport’s Jimmy Pombor did everything he could Tuesday night to give Williamsport its 12th straight wins over Central Mountain dating back to 2015.

Pombor was responsible for both Millionaire goals during Williamsport’s 2-1 victory. As for the Wildcats, it was last year’s leading scorer Nate Brinker who found the back of the net for Central Mountain.

“He’s a true leader. He’s been that for the last four years to be honest. He demands a lot from the kids on the pitch with him, but he never talks down. He’s a great kid and good leader,” Williamsport coach Lee Kaar said regarding Pombor following his team’s second win of the season.

Pombor recorded his first goal and put the Millionaires ahead, 1-0, just beyond the seven-minute mark of game. The senior midfielder snuck to the right of Central Mountain keeper Clay Confer to net the goal.

“It was good to get a jump on the lead 1-0 pretty early, I even thought we had good opportunities in the first half,” Kaar said.

The Millionaires had full control of the game at the end of the first half. Williamsport dominated every category and clung to a narrow lead on the scoreboard. The Wildcats wee being outworked in shots, corners and time of possession.

All of a sudden, something happened after the break. The Wildcats looked as if they were a rejuvenated team. Central Mountain’s offensive attack produced efficient possessions; its defense was playing tighter as more scoring chances came about for the Wildcats.

Central Mountain finally registered its first shot of the game close to the beginning of the second. The Wildcat fans began to roar as they felt a comeback brewing.

Despite the gain in momentum, Pombor had other plans instead. He then registered his second goal of the night to push the Williamsport advantage to two goals.

As the Millionaires held a 2-0 lead with a short time left the Wildcats found some late-game magic. Brinker tallied Central Mountain’s first goal of the night thanks to an assist from Cooper Confer to tighten the deficit. It was a one-goal lead with just over one minute remaining.

Williamsport held on for the road win. According to Kaar, that’s all that matters in terms of letting the Wildcats back into it late.

“I don’t think we used the entire width of the field. Second half–I saw a lot of better things. Up 2-0, it was a little disappointing we let them back in the game. We leave with a win, we put it behind us. We’ve got to be better at closing out our games,” Kaar said.

As for the Wildcats–who fell to 1-2 on the season–they needed just one more pass to tie things up late according to their coach Billy Hook.

“We played against them very, very well. They just happened to get two good goals. We created our own chances, just couldn’t that final pass to be clean enough is what it came down to,” Hook said.

Tuesday’s game marked Central Mountain’s first in a week. Hook does not believe his squad’s elongated break between games played any role in the outcome.

“I think we did pretty well. We had a lot of hard practices and we spent a lot of time harping on formation and where we need to be at all times and it definitely showed at times.

The close contested battle the Wildcats endured Tuesday gave Hook hope moving forward. He particularly liked the fact his team was able to score late and avoid the shutout.

“That’s huge: 2-0 that’s a good game, 2-1 is we’re right there. We need to get the final pass. We’re good until the 18 and then all of a sudden we run out of options and ideas I think,” Hook said.

W-Jimmy Pombor, 7:32. W-Pombor, 61:90. CM-Nate Brinker, 78:24.

Shots: W 6, CM 3. Corners: W 10, CM 5. Saves: W 2, CM 4.

Records: Williamsport (2-1), CM (1-1).

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