West Norriton >> Norristown continued the playoff push on Tuesday night, winning Owen J. Roberts at the Norristown Area High School in the 2-1 Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division.
The Eagles (9-6, 3-5 PAC Liberty) participated in the 26th place game in the District 1-4A ranking. Defeating 20th-ranked Wildcats (9-8, 3-6 PAC Liberty) will give Norristown a better chance of defeating the Top 24 and winning the playoff berth.
“(The district) was a goal from the beginning,” said Norristown coach Jason Pinnock. “We wanted the PAC-10 playoffs, but we’re not going to get there. We still understood it early in the season. We have three more games left. We’re going to fight. They want it. I want it for them. I’m proud of them. Hopefully we can do it. “
“This is the first year we have won a PAC game,” said Norristown Senior Diego Guzman. “Being able to reach the district will be a big achievement. I hope we can and do so.”
After defeating Springford 2-0 and Coatesville 3-0, Norristown’s third straight win has never been easier. In the 15th minute, Guzman gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead and stood for 60 minutes. OJR’s Nicky Gambone drew the game with 5:14 remaining. The team took only eight seconds before Israel Gonzalez won the Norristown winner.
Gonzales, Guzman and Josmer Carmona have joined together to win the match. They kicked off and Gonzales’ first shot was saved by the keeper, but soon returned and placed behind the net.
“It just shows that we won’t drop out as a team,” Guzman said of the immediate response. “We don’t get angry with each other. We just kept pushing and did what we had to do.”
“These people, they are making history,” Pinock said. “I couldn’t compete with any of these (PAC Liberty) teams. They want to make it worse. They understand that they can do this. I’m glad I’m here for them. I think they’re doing it as much as I change the program. I couldn’t do it without them and they couldn’t do it without me. both.”
Guzman’s goal of starting the game was set by Gabriel Barroso. The ball appeared to be out of range along the OJR end line. Barroso hustled, evaded the defender’s shield and handed the ball to the far post. So Guzman put the ball on the wall on the right and led Norristown 1-0.
Guzman had several other scoring opportunities. He put some strong shots just 20 yards wide and had some other chances from a tough angle where he couldn’t find behind the net. His consistent pressure early in the second half helped hunt down OJR and prevent Wildcats from pushing more players forward.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t score as many points as I expected,” Guzman said. “I had a lot of opportunities, but the pressure panicked them and freed my teammates. Whenever I became a double team, I always opened that one teammate. I am. “
With 14 minutes remaining in the game, Guzman was upset and had to head to the bystanders. Owen J. Roberts created a great scoring chance in the 6 minutes when Guzman played, but returned with 8 minutes remaining and the score remained 1-0.
“It’s really good (of Guzman),” said Eric Wenzel, coach of Owen J. Roberts. “He’s one of the best players in the league. He’s really good. When he was away from the game, we thought we had established more play there. Moved up Austin Chanmbers. He’s a more dynamic player playing centre-backs. Fifteen seconds later, when I moved him up, he found Nicky (Gunborn). “
Gunborn won the equalizer in the 75th minute. He took the ball around the midfield and raced past the defender on the right side of the box. He knocked the keeper across the goal and put the game together.
“I really don’t know what happened,” Wenzel said of his winning score in a quick match in Norristown. “It was as blurry as it happened so fast. I think I was relaxed after scoring. In any case, I always talk about trying to establish the first 5 minutes after the goal. We do the right thing. They tried, but they just went down the middle of the field. They didn’t play well tonight. We didn’t seem to be interested. We scored 8 out of 10 teams It didn’t look like. I’m responsible because it didn’t look like that team for some reason. It’s my job to get them ready to play and for some reason I’m ready It wasn’t done. “
Norristown’s defense kept the ball out of danger for the last five minutes. Jesus Carmona, Adan Morales, and Mayor Garcia all played an important role in leading Norristown to the final whistle.
The Eagles are about to take part in the District 1 playoffs this season, leaving three games this season: Boyertown Thursday, Mesakuton Saturday, and Penwood Monday.
Owen J. Roberts is also trying to win the playoff berth. They end the season on Thursday, Spring Ford.
“Our goal has been going on,” Wenzel said. “Even after the start of 1-5, it was trying to create a district. That was our goal all the time. There is another game trying to do that. We made life harder. But let’s go out and play and see what happens. “
Norristown 2, Owen J. Roberts 1
Owen J. Roberts 01 – 1
Norristown 11 – 2
Goal: OJR: Nicky Gunborn. NOR: Diego Guzman, Israel Gonzalez.
Save: OJR: Andrew Keddie 5. NOR: Alex Rosas 5.
Corner: OJR: 1. NOR: 3.
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