The Picker boys soccer team fell to 3-3 on the season after a tough week.

After a 2-0 start, North East took on McDowell for a nail biter. Justin Eby’s goal, assisted by Brandon Garski put the Pickers up 1-0. The North East defense held McDowell off despite plenty of scoring chances and with 4 minutes left in the second half the Trojans scored to tie the game.

After a scoreless overtime, McDowell scored in the first minute of double overtime to win the game 2-1.

Next up was the first region game against Central Tech. After a scoreless first half, Central Tech scored to take a 1-0 lead. North East’s Chase Doyle tied the game up at with a penalty kick early in the second half.

Central Tech scored the winning goal late in the game and the Pickers lost their second close game of the week, 2-1.

On a beautiful Saturday morning in Corry the Grapepickers rebounded and won, 2-1. Joe Neff started the scoring with a great pass from Jimmy Jobczynski in the 18th minute of the first half. Corry scored early in the second half to tie it with great 30-yard shot that just eluded North East goalie Josh Eby.

Neff scored the game winner with about 4 minutes left with a assist from Colin Gregory.

North East faced region rival Saegertown and dominated the first half but could not score. Finally Jake Smith blasted a shot past the goalie for a 1-0 lead. Saegertown scored about halfway through the second half to tie the game. There was no further scoring so the game went to overtime.

Early in overtime Saegertown crashed the goal and put a shot in the top of the net for the game winner.

The tough stretch continues with games against General McLane, Hickory, Ft. LeBoeuf and rival Harbor Creek in the next 8 days.   

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