Josh Perry kicks winner for Hounds
MONESSEN - The Monessen Greyhounds pulled out a thrilling 2-1 win over Chartiers-Houston Thursday afternoon in their Section 4-A soccer opener.
"This was a big win for us and the kids wanted this one really bad," Coach Sam Perry said. "It was a big game to get and we have the first one under our belt."
It was obvious from the start that Monessen (2-1, 1-0) was trying to control the tempo, and it did.
"We wanted to pressure them the whole game, and that's what we did," Perry said. "We set the tempo and made them play our game."
In the 18th minute, Josh Perry was taken down in the box and Monessen was awarded a penalty kick.
Perry, the coach's son, was groggy from the hit and gave way to Brent Lenhart for the free shot.
Lenhart nailed the shot and the hosts held a 1-0 lead.
The lead didn't last long, however, as Chartiers' Josh Miller tied the score five minutes later.
Despite losing the momentum, Monessen did not fall flat.
"We kept positive when they tied the score," Perry said. "That goal did not affect us. If nothing else, we were more aggressive."
The score remained 1-1 until the 56th minute, when Josh Perry tossed a beautiful cross pass from Kory Imbrescia and scored what would be the winning goal.
"Kory set me up with a great pass," the younger Perry said. "He put it in the perfect place."
The elder Perry agreed.
"That was an awesome pass from Kory," Perry said. "He put the ball where Josh could get it and he scored."
Monessen kept the pressure on Chartiers until the last 10 minutes when they went into more of a defensive mindset.
"We were still playing the ball well, but we were aware of the time," Perry said. "We were a little more defensive, but they didn't threaten to tie the score."
Perry also pointed out the play of Tommy Dalfonso, who, shadowed Jordan Yokum, Chartiers' highly touted player.
"Tommy did a fantastic job," Perry said. "He shut Yokum down and that was a key for us."
Monessen hosts Laurel High-lands in an exhibition game Saturday at 4 p.m.