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PANA Senior Conner Stalets, number 3, takes the ball down the field into Teutopolis territory. In the background is Nash Denton, number 19, for Pana. The Panther’s fell to the Shoes, 3-1.
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PANA — The Pana Panther soccer team hosted Teutopolis to take on the Wooden Shoes Monday afternoon at Tanner Field. The Panthers score one goal but the was not enough to slow down T -town as Pana dropped the match, 3-1.
Both teams got off to a quick start, as Teutopolis struck first. But Pana’s Brayden Cordero answered right back with a goal of his own finding themselves in a stalemate right away at 1-1 in the first half.
Goal keeper Ryan Karbach, was seen diving, jumping and going after every ball he could. You could tell the urgency in Karbach’s play. The sopho- more never took a play off.
Head Coach Steven Thompson said of his young goal tender, “He saves us all the time. We love having him back there for us.”
Pana tried to make one more run at a goal before halftime but the march was unsuccess- ful, with the horn sounding to signal the end of the half.
A 10-minute halftime is plenty of time to get rehydratd- ed, coached up and a good stretch before heading back out onto the field. It doesn’t take long for the Shoes to score, with a beautiful upper 90 by the Teutopolis attacker. Down by a goal now, Pana stays as focused as they can. With more saves by Karbach and several more shots on goal. The opposing team got one more goal before the final whistle securing the victory, 3-1.
“Our guys are starting to pick up our style of play,” says Thompson. “Obviously we have some areas of improvement but I am excited for what is to come.”
Pana’s next game is this afternoon as they travel to Vandalia for the conference matchup. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.