The North East boys varsity soccer team started the season by defeating Iroquois, 5-2.

The Pickers took a 1-0 lead on Joe Neff’s shot from near midfield, which was mishandled by the goalie. Iroquois tied the game up a few minutes later but Neff answered with a hard shot from the right side that beat the goalie.

Ethan Sowers assisted on both goals. Iroquois scored late in the first half for a 2-2 tie.

North East took control in the second half when Pete Seymour put home a rebound from Brandon Garski shot for a 3-2 lead. Colin Gregory crashed the net and put one home for a 4-2 lead. The Pickers finished the scoring with Pete putting home a corner kick from Justin Eby. Josh Eby had a strong showing in goal, making some key saves.

Next up, North East defeated Meadville 4-2 at home. Jake Smith got the scoring started early in the first half. Meadville tied the game up a few minutes later. The Meadville goal scorer tried to show up the North East defense and the boys took it personally and scored 3 straight goals in the first half.

Neff scored his third goal of the season with a hard blast to beat the goalie. Justin Eby scored his first goal of the year for a 3-1 lead. Smith rounded out the scoring for the Pickers with a penalty kick before the half, making the score 4-1.

Meadville scored halfway through the second half to make it a 4-2 game but the North East defense of Trung Kitchener, Ryan Roggie, Josh Kitchen and Sowers would not let them any closer. Josh Eby had another fine performance in goals. Next up is McDowell and then Region play begins against Central Tech. The Pickers will play region foe Saegertown on September 20 at home.

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