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Hayden Swinehart scores 15 seconds into 2nd half in South’s 2-0 win vs. Muncy in boys soccer

MUNCY — South Williamsport coach Chris Vanaskie talked to his team at the far end of Muncy’s soccer field beyond the net and mentioned how the Mounties need to try attacking more down the center.

Muncy had limited South Williamsport to just three first-half shots on goal — only one from inside the 18 — and weren’t allowing much.

South Williamsport wanted to try to attack down the center right from the get go once the whistle blew after halftime. And that’s precisely what the Mounties did.

Hayden Swinehart was fed a pass down the center and took it toward the right side of the field, and put in a great shot high over Muncy goalie Eli Slamka for the Mounties’ first goal just 15 seconds into the second half.

South Williamsport would put in another goal toward the end of the half and blanked Muncy, 2-0, to improve to 2-0 in boys soccer on Tuesday afternoon at Myers L. Ward Elementary School.

“They were just coming out with that intensity. They were very excited at halftime,” Vanaskie said. “They wanted to come out and make a statement right away, and so they go after it.”

South Williamsport (2-0) peppered Muncy (0-3) throughout the second half. The Mounties had 18 shots on goal, 15 of which were fired in the second half. In total, South Williamsport had 28 shots.

While Swinehart’s goal put South Williamsport ahead and broke the scoreless tie, it was Slamka who kept Muncy in the game. The junior goalkeeper was nothing shy of amazing in goal. Routinely he made great sliding blocks, diving catches or batted away balls high.

“He already has like 30 saves in our first three games, so he’s been keeping us in everything so far this year,” Muncy coach John Karichner said.

“Muncy did a great job for 40 minutes in the first half and then the following 35 minute after that (first goal),” Vanaskie said. “Just fantastic defensively. We had a heck of a time figuring out how to get through.”

In addition to Slamka’s superb play in goal — the junior ended with 16 saves — Muncy’s backline did well preventing South Williamsport from getting a lot of easy looks. Of South Williamsport’s 28 total shots, less than six came from inside the 18.

“I trust our defense completely,” Karichner said. “We have two great center Ds with Rowan Revata and Logan Ohl.”

“That’s definitely helpful,” Slamka said of South not getting a ton of chances inside the 18. “When they shoot from farther, I have so much more of a reaction time.”

Those two helped anchor the defense and not allow players like Swinehart to get a ton of great open looks and chances inside the 18.

“We knew that they would be a tough team to break down defensively. We knew they had an experienced goalkeeper. So we talked about not getting frustrated and having a positive attitude just in case it was like it turned out to be,” Vanaskie said. “Having that mentality, they knew if they kept trying that they could break through.”

South finally broke through for a huge second goal with 7:23 remaining in the game when Ben Manning was able to find the back of the net. It let the Mounties breathe a little easier on offense.

“We need to improve on our finishing for sure. But that goal was huge with less than 10 minutes to play. It gave us a chance to be a little more relaxed in our possession and not have to try and attack,” Vanaskie said. “Basically we were able to secure the win after that.”

South Williamsport 2, Muncy 0

SW–Hayden Swinehart, 39:45. SW–Ben Manning, 7:23.

Shots: SW 18, M 0. Corners: SW 1, M 0. Saves: SW 0 (Brock Weaver), M 16 (Eli Slamka)

Records: South Williamsport (2-0), Muncy (0-3).

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