The North East Boys Soccer team continued its region match-ups with a mid-week match against Central Tech.
North East’s Jake Smith put the boys up 1-0 early in the first half with a penalty kick to the left corner of the net that eluded the Central Tech goalie.
A few minutes later Jimmy Jobczynski put the Pickers up by 2 points when he followed a Ryan Roggie shot and put in the rebound.
Early in the second half North East committed a foul and Central Tech had a penalty shot against North East goalie Josh Eby, but Eby was up to the challenge and stopped a point blank shot to keep the score 2-0.
Late in the second half Roggie blasted a shot towards the net and the goalie made a great save but Teddy Martin was there for the rebound and a 3-0 lead.
North East looked to avenge a 2-1 overtime loss with a rematch against Saegertown. The Pickers started scoring early in the first minute when Pete Seymour made a great pass to Justin Eby who took a hard shot on goal, which was saved by the goalie. Jobczynski was there again and put home the rebound for a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later Roggie placed a perfect corner kick in front of the goal and Josh Kitchen used his head to drive the ball home for a 2-0 lead.
Scott Wagner, Will Smelka, Michael Thompson, and Ryan Hoelke kept the offensive pressure up for the Pickers in the second half but could not score again, but neither did Saegertown.
Overall North East is 8-4-1 and 5-2-1 in the Region. At press time, the Pickers were ready to take on Region leader General McLane, whom they tied 1-1 in double overtime earlier in the season.
North East is on the road next week, heading to Ft. LeBoeuf on Tuesday, Harbor Creek Thursday and wrapping up the season at Girard on Monday, October 24.