Bears Drop Close One to Winona, but Beat PI-ZM
Thursday saw the Byron Boys Soccer team suffer a narrow 2-1 loss at Winona against the Winhawks.
Coming off an emotional and historic win against Lourdes on Tuesday night, Bahr said the team came out a little flat and Winona came out hard charging.
“They seemed to interrupt every possession attempt by Byron and put tremendous pressure on the goal,” he said.
In the 30thminute, Brock Herzog put Winona up 1-0 off a rebound from a corner.
Byron came back to tie the game in the second half with an Adam Krakora Free kick from 25 yards out the was perfectly placed at 57 minutes.
Winona’s August Tadie sealed the Winona win at 74th minutes when he got behind Goalkeeper (GK) Caleb Koza and dribbled into the goal.
Despite being out played much of the game, Bahr said Byron had 3 solid scoring opportunities they could not convert on with the ball hitting the post or going just wide.
Despite the loss, he said a couple individual players had nice games against Winona.
“Senior Captain Sajon Page had his best game of the season trying to rally the Bears and leading by example in making plays. Ethan Klein was phenomenal at Fullback turning back several attacks despite being outsized,” he said.
Just 16 hours later the Bears were back in action in a key conference matchup at PI-ZM.
After a very physical week with games against Winona and Lourdes, Bahr said the team was limping with two starters out and Standout attacker Adam Krakora unable to run without pain.
“Many of the other players had various bumps and bruises, but the team was able to muster enough strength to post a 3-1 victory,” he said.
He mentioned that the Bears started strong with great possession and several attacks on the PI-ZM goal but the shots were off target and the crosses landed harmlessly.
About 15 minutes in the Wildcats gained control of the play and Drew Christopherson put PI-ZM in front assisted by Corey Peters when he got in on GK Caleb Koza and buried a nice shot.
Bradley Pavon got the sides even with a shot from 20 yards out at the 28th minute mark assisted by Sam Pompeii.
The teams stayed tied the rest of the half and into the second half when Pavon scored his second goal in a manner very similar to the first one with 23 minutes left in the game. He was assisted on the goal by Zach Ellavsky.
Adam Krakora finished the scoring with 3 minutes left in the game with a bouncing ball that went over the head of the Wildcats’ GK Corey Peters and into the net.
For the game Byron outshot PI-ZM 8-6.
Bahr said a position switch at halftime helped the Bears’ offense put more pressure on the PI-ZM defense and goalkeeper.
“Cam Schmit volunteered to switch positions with Krakora at halftime so Krakora could help control play in the midfield while Schmit had enough energy to run hard at the PI-ZM backline. This proved to be crucial to the success of the team,” he said.
With the win, the Bears remain unbeaten in conference play at 5-0 (9-4 overall). Their final conference game is a home match against Stewartville at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.