“Finish. We have got to learn how to finish.”
Perry head coach Gary Overla said after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Winterset that individual creativity and originality with the ball was one thing, and putting the ball in the goal, another.
“We have the talent to make things happen, but we have to take advantage of the opportunities we create,” he said. “We will be fine. Right now we are just knocking the rust off, and it might take us another week or so to get the chemistry just right.
“We are starting to come together and did some good things against a good, quality team tonight,” Overla added. “This was a good challenge and a good win.”
The Perry defense was stout throughout the contest, but Winterset did what Overla wants to see his Bluejays become more adept at by turning their one solid opportunity in the first half into a goal. A crossing pass and re-direction 31 minutes into the game have the Huskies a 1-0, lead, and the score would remain the same until David Cardenas tied the contest with 10 minutes remaining with an unassisted goal.
Neither team scored in either of two 10-minute overtime periods, setting up a sometimes-luck-dependent shootout.
Ian Velasco scored for Perry, with Winterset answering. The teams traded misses in the second of the five rounds, with Alvaro Soto, Jesus Rodriguez and Ivan Garcia scoring on their turns, with a second miss burning the Huskies as Perry prevailed, 4-2, for the 2-1 victory.
Now 2-2 overall, Perry will try to move to 2-0 in Raccoon River Conference play when they host Carlisle Thursday. The team will then visit Des Moines Hoover Friday. Varsity matches on both dates are set to start at approximately 7 p.m.