An overtime loss to Alvirne followed by a somewhat lackluster shutout win over struggling Spaulding left the Pinkerton Academy boys’ soccer squad contemplating its 7-4-1 record rolling into this week.
The Astros went to overtime for the third time in four matches when they traveled to Hudson to take on the host Alvirne High Broncos on Wednesday, Oct. 5. And the Broncos squeaked out a 5-4 win by tallying the final goal in the second overtime stanza.
Pinkerton led 3-2 after one half, but it saw its host score twice in the second half with the tying marker coming with 10 minutes left in regulation time. And the deciding goal was potted by Alvirne in the 98th minute of play.
“I wish we could find some consistency this season,” lamented PA coach Kerry Boles. “Either we’re all in or we’re not. This is very troubling. We have allowed 11 goals in two games, but when you score four times you expect to win. We have a lot of things to figure out and not much time to do it. The playoffs are approaching fast and I’m incredibly concerned.”
The Broncos snared a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the match, but Pinkerton potted the equalizer seven minutes later when Bennett Meagher was set up by Cory Jones.
Alvirne went back up in minute 25, but Pinkerton knotted the score at 2-2 when Jones scored after being set up by Brian Castle eight minutes later.
Tri-captain Cobi Moore put the Astros up 3-2 with an unassisted goal in the 36th minute of the first half, and 3-2 was where the score sat when the teams adjourned for halftime.
But Alvirne tied the score at 3-3 five minutes into the second half, with the academy side retaking the upper hand in minute 61 when Moore got set up by Jon Tremblay.
Tthe hosts tied the tally at 4-4 in minute 70 and won in overtime number two.
PA goalie Max Fairbank made 16 saves in the losing effort, and Alvirne keeper Zac Reddig was good for 11.
The Astros’ long bus trip out to Rochester to play the weak Spaulding High Red Raiders (1-10-1 record) ended up being quite productive for the Pinkerton crew, which bagged a 3-0 victory to advance to 7-4-1.
Moore was set up by Tremblay for the first goal of the match in the 33rd minute of the first half, and 1-0 was where the score stood at halftime.
And the Astros stretched their lead to 3-0 with scores by Alex Rust (from Meagher) in the 58th minute and Meagher (from Matt Morrison) with seven minutes left to play. Pinkerton goalie Tucker Robbins contributed five saves to the shutout success, after which Boles wasn’t the happiest passenger on the PA bus.
“I hope we can find some combinations that will work together and click for the remainder of the season,” said Boles. “We still make many, many mental and physical mistakes that have and will cost us down the road. The sands of time are against us right now, so I hope we can sort this out soon.”
Pinkerton rolled into this week facing matches on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at home against Winnacunnet, after Nutfield News press time, and then at home against Bishop Guertin of Nashua two days later.
Pinkerton booter Cory Jones played a key role in the scoring in his team’s tough overtime loss to Alvirne in Hudson last week. Photo by Chris Paul