ELKTON — The score of Thursday afternoon’s boys’ soccer game could’ve been much more to Elkton’s liking.
As it was, they were happy to settle for a 3-2 win over county rival Perryville at Elkton Middle School, their first victory of the 2019 season.
“Our work rate and team effort was a whole lot better than Monday night,” Elks head coach Andrew Fetterolf said. “Our halftime talk was about finding the effort and the guys really stepped up.”
“We had a disappointing loss against North East,” said junior forward Sam Tiegland, who scored two goals on the afternoon. “We’re feeling a lot better about ourselves now. We got a few goals on the board so we know we can score and we’re looking forward to a good season.”
Reece Berry started the scoring for Elkton in the fourth minute of the first half off an assist from Mason Carrico. Ethan Crouse got Perryville on the board to tie the game in the 27th minute, but 78 seconds later, Elkton snatched the lead back on Tiegland’s first goal of the game, and the Elks took a 2-1 lead into the half.
In the 50th minute, Tiegland added another goal for a 3-1 lead and the Elks could’ve had more as they had six corner kicks in the second half, but none could connect. Perryville closed to within a goal on a corner from Ben Roberts, but Elkton was able to hold on for the win.
“It’s going to be important as a team to finish those chances. If we don’t take advantage, there’s a lot of good teams that will,” Tiegland said.
“We still need to put all of the chances we can in the net to secure a comfortable lead,” Berry added.
“We had some opportunities to put the game away,” Fetterolf said. “We just have to settle down and I know our guys will.”