BRISTOL TWP. — Truman has lost a bunch of one-goal games to its Suburban One League (SOL) National Conference rivals this season. There's more to it than that but for the most part, the Tigers lost some of those games because of an inability to finish.
So Friday, Sept. 27 was a good day for the Tigers, who tallied nine goals in a victory that day pitted against non-league Glen Mills on their home turf.
"It's always nice to get a win,' stated Truman head coach Bill O'Neill. "We work hard to try and compete. In our league, we're battling every week so it's nice to come out to compete and put the ball in the back of the net, which we haven't been able to do for the majority of the year.'
Ahead 1-0 on a goal by junior Jeremy Beese, who scored only minutes into the contest off a feed from Pat Smith, Truman had eight different scorers in the contest including a pair of first-half strikes by senior Kwaku Dokyi.
Dokyi scored first off a feed from senior David Rodriguez and then off a pass from senior Rashard Gayle.
"Anytime you have that kind of variety in scoring, it's good, for sure,' commented the coach.
Ahead 4-0 at the half, the Tigers scored five more after the break and won going away, by a 9-1 score. Senior Matt Weed closed out the scoring in the first half, one-timing a pass from Smith about 20 yards out.
Junior Joe Nyumah opened up the second-half with a header that came off a feed from senior Tim Hild. Gayle pushed the score to 6-0 with a goal that also came off a feed from Hild, who pushed the ball to Gayle on a restart at the top of the box.
While the Bulls got a ball past Truman keeper Jon Lopez in the 55th minute, the Tigers got two more from sophomore Eddie Worthington and junior Stephan Sytnik, respectively, in the 63rd and the 68th minutes of play to go up, 8-1.
Tripped up in the box, by a Glenn Mills defender, senior John Barker made good on a penalty kick goal in the 85th minute, pushing the score to it final.
The end result was a far cry from most of Truman's league skirmishes. The Tigers have lost 1-0 games to Bensalem, Pennsbury and Council Rock South. They lost 5-4 to Abington after accounting for three own-goals in the contest.
And while they did manage to get past Council Rock North 1-0, it took an overtime period to finally get a ball into the back of the Indians' net.
"Most of our games, we're holding down the majority of the possession for the game,' stated O'Neill.
"We're organized in the back. We're able to knock the ball around. We pass the ball around.
"But we can't score; we're having a hard time finishing.'
On Sept 26, Truman lost 2-0 against Tennent, despite dominating three-quarters of the possession.
"We probably possessed the ball for 75 percent of the game but we weren't able to put the ball in the back of the net,' stated O'Neill. "They got two opportunities and they finished on both of them.'
To a man, the members of the Truman team hope the battle with the Bulls uncorks the offense in time for the second half of the season.
"We talked about the fact that we can move the ball forward and find the seams in these backs,' stated O'Neill. "The same seams are there when we are playing league games so it's something we can build off of, for sure.'
NOTES: Lopez played in place of first-string senior goalkeeper Eric Gutierrez.
Truman 9, Glen Mills 1
(Sept. 27 at Truman)
Truman 4 9 — 9
Glen Mills 0 1 — 1
GOALS: Jeremy Beese, Kwaku Dokyi (2), Matt Weed, Joe Nyumah, Rashard Gayle, Eddie Worthington, Stephan Sytnik, John Barker.
ASSISTS: Dave Rodriguez, Gayle, Pat Smith (2), Tim Hild (2)