By Lisa Byers
There are days an athlete knows that it just might not be one of his or her best days.
But then there are those days when they feel they can conquer the world. Wednesday afternoon was one of those kind of days for Saegertown senior striker Matt Schenberg.
Schenberg scored two goals, including one just 13 minutes into the game that proved to be the game-winner, as Saegertown topped Corry 2-0 in a key Region 4 matchup at the Crawford County Initiative School, formally French Creek Valley Christian School.
Saegertown improved to 8-4-1 overall and 3-2-0 in Region 4 with the win. Corry fell to 5-5-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the region.
“I was on my ‘A’ game today,” Schenberg said before joining his teammates for senior night festivities. “And we succeeded and finished.”
Corry’s gameplan coming in was to shut down Schenberg, according to Corry head coach Mike Schrecengost.
“Matt is a phenomenal striker,” Schrecengost said. “We had him man marked. We had a guy who was just assigned to him. And even then, he scores two goals. That just goes to show you how talented he is.”
Bailey Patton was the player assigned the tough task of keeping Schenberg, who scored three goals in a win over Oil City on Monday, under ropes and for the most part Patton did his job. But, again, it was just that kind of day for the Schenberg.
Schenberg’s first goal came on a nice header that drove past the outstretched arms of Corry’s keeper Fredie Staffan and into the corner of the net, drawing a fist pump and some hooting and hollering from Schenberg, whose team dropped a 1-0 decision to the Beavers back on Sept. 16.
And the way Saegertown and Corry played in the first half, it looked like Schenberg’s goal would be the only one needed. But in the second half, the Beavers turned up the intensity. The only trouble was Saegertown keeper Zack Coon, who ate up everything within 10 feet of his box.
“Anything that he goofed, he got back on top of and took care of,” Saegertown coach Ryan Schenck said of Coon. “That’s always key. He took care of business and took command of his box and came out for some stuff and didn’t let the other team get on it.”
Then came the clincher.
“We did play much better in the second half,” Schrecengost said. “And we devoted more players to the offensive side. In the first half they controlled the ball. So in the second half we added some offensive players and took some players off the defensive end and we had to attack.
“When you’re down, you need to put in more players and attack. That’s what we did and I thought we played a really good second half. We just didn’t get one in and then Matt got another one in and that was a big goal.”
Schenberg scored the goal with 26:48 to play after juking and weaving his way around a Beavers defender and pocketing the ball, again, into the corner of the net.
The shutout was the fifth of the season for the Panthers and the fourth in five games.
The Panthers are currently in the driver’s seat for Region 4’s automatic District 10 playoff berth. Saegertown is back in action on Tuesday at Warren.