NHIAA Boys' Soccer: Carey's goal lifts PlymouthBy TOM HERZIG
Special to the Union Leader
September 11. 2017 10:38PM
PLYMOUTH — Senior Danny Carey scored the game-winning goal as Plymouth Regional dealt John Stark of Weare its first loss, 2-1, in Division II boys’ soccer on Monday.
Carey ran onto a touch pass from Sam Ebner and converted the counter-attack chance from the middle of the 18-yard box in the 60th minute.
The Bobcat goal was under siege in the closing minutes of the match.
Plymouth keeper Roger Babin made nine stops in the second half to finish with 14 saves overall. Six of Babin’s saves came in the final 10 minutes.
In the 72nd minute, Babin made a full extension lunge to deny John Stark standout Evan Caswell a potential game-tying goal.
Patrick Kalob connected with Jared Peterson for a scoring chance that was drilled off the crossbar with nine minutes remaining.
Plymouth (2-2-1) broke out on top with a penalty kick to the back of the net by Lucas Johnstone 16 minutes after the opening whistle.
The Generals drew even when Jared Peterson gathered up a deflection and unloaded on Babin in the 52nd minute. Caswell’s effort in the scoring area had kept the ball alive in traffic.
“All our kids worked hard,” Plymouth coach Jesse Elderkin said. “We conceded that we needed to play in the back third — sit back and compress. Danny’s our captain and he delivered.”
John Stark refrained from sending the ball in over the top as much in the second half and managed more quality shots as the game wore on.
“Their number 10 (Johnstone) got around us a lot in the first half. He was dangerous,” coach John Stark coach Jeff Vogt. “We rushed things bit. We haven’t had to come from behind this season.”
“Caswell does a good job for us,” Vogt said. “Jake Reynolds played well and Tyler Restucchia had a strong game as a back.”
John Stark goalie Chase Patterson had four saves.
The Generals took five corner kicks, three more than the winners.
The win was Plymouth’s second straight after two losses and a tie.
“We had a lot of scrimmages rained out,” coach Elderkin said. “The more game experience we get, the better we’ve been playing.”
Plymouth plays at Windham on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. John Stark (4-1) is at home against Kennett of Conway on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.