BOYERTOWN- A fast-paced attack created numerous scoring opportunities for Boyertown in Monday afternoon's Pioneer Athletic Conference boys soccer match and the Bears consistently took advantage of them in a 7-2 win over visiting Pope John Paul II.
Boyertown (3-1, 5-2) led by a 3-0 score at the half and then kicked it into an even higher gear after the break following a goal by PJP (2-2, 2-2). Barry Kabinoff led the Bears' offense with four goals, two in each half.
"Did some nice passing,' said Boyertown coach Scott Didyoung. "I felt from the first half to the second half, I wanted them to pick up the speed of play.'
The Golden Panthers got on the board two minutes into the second half on a goal by Ryan Ianovale, assisted by Brendan Csongradi. But then the Bears were off to the races as Kabinoff scored his third of the day when he broke into the clear down the left side and ripped one into the net.
Matthew Hudson made it 5-1 a few minutes later when he connected on a penalty kick following a handball in the box. Then Kabinoff scored again on a break down the left side, this time off an assist by Brad Strouse with 24 minutes remaining in the inter-divisional contest.
Jordan Tarlecki got one back for PJP with 11 minutes to go when he chipped one over the Bears' keeper, who had come far out of the net and couldn't get back into position quickly enough. Noah Kean finished up the scoring for the hosts when he knocked in a rebound off a blast by Tyler Comport with two minutes left.
"We had a nice game against Springfield (Delco) on Saturday,' said Didyoung. "We only allowed three shots, but lost 2-1 in overtime. This game, what I wanted to see improved was to play more quickly ... the speed and a faster pace.'
That is what the Bears did, as they racked up a 19-4 advantage in shots and an 8-1 margin in penalty kicks. PJP goalkeeper Greg Everett made seven saves and Boyertown counterpart, Tim Lawlor, turned away three shots.
"We weren't especially happy with the result, but that was a good team,' said PJP coach Jerry DeLeo, whose team came into play in second place in the Frontier Division. "There's no shame in that. It seemed we gave up a large number of poor goals. But good teams capitalize on mistakes.'
Earlier, Kabinoff opened the scoring in the sixth minute off a perfect crossing pass from Comport, after Tyler Snyder set up the play with a pass into the left corner to Comport. Andrew Beaver continued the scoring off a pass from Kean in the 26th minute.
Then the Bears were awarded their first penalty kick of the season when Christian Smith was fouled in the box and Kabinoff took the free kick and knocked it into the lower right corner for the 3-0 lead, four minutes before the halftime break. Ianovale gave the Golden Panthers some brief hope before the Bears picked up the pace the rest of the way.
"We'll put it in the rearview mirror and get set for Owen J. Roberts on Wednesday,' said DeLeo.
Meanwhile, the Bears — who came into the day in second place in the Liberty Division and still have three players out with injuries after having six hospitalized early in the season — will take on the Frontier Division leader.
"We'll have a true test on Wednesday to see what we can do against Pottsgrove,' said Didyoung. "I'm hoping we get healthy and stay healthy. I'm really pleased with the way we played.'