Tuesday’s Division II boys soccer district final between Philo and Minerva boiled down to one thing: finishing on scoring chances.
The Lions were able to do so, and advanced to the regional tournament with a 3-0 win against the Electrics.
“We had 12 good chances in the first half, and didn’t convert any of them,” Philo coach Matt Brown said. “On the flip side they had three and converted two of them.”
Minerva (12-6-1) wasted little time getting on the board as Tyler Stewart scored with 38:42 in the first half for a 1-0 lead.
The Electrics (13-5-1) continued to apply pressure on the Lions’ defense, but Justin Schotts turned away six shots to keep Philo scoreless.
With 2:03 left in the first, Stewart scored again off an assist by Derek Brown to make it 2-0.
“We have talked about not allowing a goal in the final five minutes of the half but they were able to stick one in on us,” Brown said. “With that being said even being down two goals at halftime we were still confident we could come back.”
Schotts, who finished with 12 saves, kept making saves and Minerva got some insurance with 22:47 left when Stewart set up a Shem Haas goal.
Philo held a 19-12 edge in shots for the match. The Electrics’ Travis Butler made five saves in goal.
“This is a veteran group that has worked hard and deserves everything they have accomplished,” Brown said. “The seniors will be missed, but at the same time there are a lot of positives to build on for next year.”