November 3rd 2020 - Horace Greeley’s Boys Varsity Soccer Team put their three game winning streak on the line for a home tilt against the Ossining Pride, who came off a loss against Port Chester. Greeley maintained possession and dominated play in the early minutes of game action, with Miller and Mikesell effectively manning the middle for the Quakers. The officials desperately tried to gain control of the physical play on both sides, issuing warnings and calling an exorbitant number of fouls on both teams.
In the 17th minute, Greeley’s Senior Captain Zach Eichenberg displayed his playmaking prowess, hustling to the corner and delivering a brilliant cross to Shropshire, who headed it in for the early score. As both sides settled into the first half of play, Ossining began to put pressure on Greeley’s defense. In the 32nd minute, Quaker goalie Jeff Lungen made sliding saves at the top of the box to preserve the 1-0 lead Greeley would take into the half.
Just minutes into the second half, the game became increasingly chippy. Greeley’s Head Coach Camp Shropshire was assessed a yellow card after expressing outrage at what he believed was consecutive missed foul calls against Ossining. In the 52nd minute, with the game still 1-0, Lungen made an excellent punch save on a hooking shot from Ossining. But seconds later, in the 53rd minute, Ossining superstar forward Kevon Evans scored on a dribbler past the outstretched Lungen. But just three minutes later, Eichenberg answered for Greeley with a laser beam goal over the leaping Ossining goalie from 30 yards out.
And while the momentum seemingly favored Greeley after Eichenberg’s electric goal, Ossining answered just four minutes later with an explosive burst of speed by Evans, who fed it to Douglass inside for the goal to tie the game at 2-2. After 12 more minutes of physical, deadlocked play, Shropshire broke the tie in the 72nd minute with his second score of the game. Shropshire celebrated in style, capping his goal with a backflip. Greeley played good defense over the next eighth minutes, and hung on in a must-win game by a final score of 3-2. Greeley will now look to expand on their four game winning streak Thursday against Westlake.