Boys soccer team squeaks past Pleasant Hill 3-2

Heath Belknap scored three goals to lead the boys soccer team to a 3-2 win over Pleasant Hill on Friday.

Pleasant Hill scored just seven minutes into the game on a “messed up punt” from our goalie, Coach Karl Schmidtman said. At 25 minutes, Belknap scored off a cross from Travis Walker, tying the game 1-1 for halftime.

Belknap scored again at 60 minutes on a penalty kick. Sean McGuyre was pushed down in the box drawing a foul and penalty kick.

Pleasant Hill tied the game up at 70 minutes, leaving just 10 for the Huskies to score the winning goal. Goalie Petersen jumped on the ball and got kicked.

“The ball just kind of popped loose,” Coach Schmidtman said. “They had another guy run in and put it in the net.”

The Huskies scored the winning goal with three minutes left in the game. Petersen moved up for a free kick to Belknap who scored the goal.

“That game was the best passing we’ve ever had,” Coach Schmidtman said. Two assists in one game may be the most for this team.

The team is passing much better, Coach Schmidtman said, but it is still working on its defense.

“We pretty much dominated the game the whole time,” Coach Schmidtman said. ” We probably had possession 70 percent of the time.”

Petersen turned in a big play when he notched a penalty kick save, Coach Schmidtman said. Something like 90 percent of penalty kicks score typically, and it would have given Pleasant Hill the lead at that point.

The Huskies lost 2-0 to Sisters.

They played Sisters closely with good passing and some good things going on, Coach Schmidtman said. Sisters outshot the Huskies, with Petersen notching seven saves.

“We had two very good opportunities to score,” Coach Schmidtman said. “We felt there should have been a handball in the box, but there was no call.”

That could have swung the momentum toward the Huskies, Coach Schmidtman said. “They just gradually swung the momentum in their favor, but we did finish the game strong.

The junior varsity lost to Lebanon (5-4) and Sisters.

The Huskies have a 4-1-2 record.