Sometimes, revenge is a dish best served warm.
The Rising Sun boys soccer team opened the season with a 3-1 triumph over visiting Perryville on a sultry Tuesday afternoon.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Tigers scored the go-ahead goal with 11 minutes left in the second half. A Perryville defender tried to clear the ball but it caromed off another Panther player and into the net.
"We were putting pressure on them so it was like they just made a mistake," "Rising Sun coach Ken Ulrich said. "We were putting pressure. The guy tried to clear the ball. Cleared it off his on player and it bounced back in. That happens and it has happened to our goalie before. We put the pressure on them. I think we forced the goal even though it didn't come off our foot."
Jeff Haley added an insurance goal with five minutes to play off an assist from Tanner Fuchs.
Rising Sun had taken the lead in the ninth minute when David Butler poked the ball past Perryville keeper Zane Nesbitt, who was playing in place of the injured Dustin Krahn. "I just got a good through [ball] from Logan [Holtman]," Butler said. "I just kind of shot it."
Perryville (1-1) tied the game when Alex Shires floated the ball over the head of Tiger goalie Danny Hanzelka. Rising Sun outshot Perryville 19-12.
The Tigers exacted a measure of revenge for the Panthers' 4-3 triumph last season.
"It was a huge deal.," Rising Sun coach Ken Ulrich said. "It was a big deal. We knew they're good. We knew, yes, they lost three offensive guys who touched every ball that they scored last year, but our guys play with their guys over the summer. So we know how good they are. It was sweet to beat them and it's because they're so good it was sweet to beat them. Because of last year and how good they are this year."
Rising Sun suffered a 4-2 loss to Havre de Grace.
After the Warriors took a 4-0 halftime lead, Kane Watson scored off a Christian Scott assist. The second Rising Sun score was an own goal.
Perryville and Bo Manor played to a 3-3 tie Thursday in a game halted by lightning in overtime.
The Panthers scored three goals in the opening nine minutes but could not hang on.
Gunther Prevost scored off an Alex Shires assist in the sixth minute. Dillon Drouillard tallied a minute later with Joey Carter notching the assist. Drouillard added another goal off an assist from Connor Bowman.
Clement Porter scored for the Eagles in the 19th minute. Rodgers Clement scored in the 46th and 70th minutes to tie the game.
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