With rebounding from a difficult loss as its goal, Sussex Tech rallied for three unanswered goals to defeat St. Georges 3-1 in a nonconference boys soccer game on Tuesday.
The Ravens were looking to bounce back from a loss against Polytech and keep its hopes alive of making the state tournament.
Although Sussex Tech (8-4-1) trailed the Hawks early, the Ravens responded with two quick goals and hung on to achieve the win.
“It feels really good,” said Sussex Tech coach Matt Lewis. “The guys were a little bit down after [last week’s] game [a 1-0 loss against Polytech], but we had a good week at practice and it was a good win against a good upstate team.”
Senior forward Tarweh Helb gave the Hawks (ranked No. 3 among Division II teams) the quick edge four minutes into the game on St. Georges’ Senior Day.
The speedy Helb beat Ravens defenders down the left line and scored on a shot that sailed to the top right portion of the net.
Less than 10 minutes later, Sussex Tech began knocking at the Hawks’ door. The Ravens’ Seth Daisey drilled the ball from 40 yards deep on a free kick, and Conor Matthews followed with a header to knot the game 1-1.
“As a captain, you need to stay focused and get the team up,” said Matthews about trailing early. “Getting that goal back allowed us to obviously score two more goals and get the win.”
The Ravens jumped ahead three minutes later, when Carter Burris spotted an open Marlon Trejo in the middle. Burris gave a short pass to Trejo, who lifted the goal past Hawks goalkeeper Robin Jamieson.
St. Georges had an chance to tie the game when Jordan Bailey fired towards the goal and the ball bounced back off the keeper to teammate Jason Lewandowski, who just missed to the right side of the post.
The Hawks (9-3) controlled the tone of the game during the second half but failed to find the back of the net. In the 77th minute, the Ravens secured the victory with a Gustavo Perez goal off of another Daisey assist.
“Second half, I’ll give it to them they dominated us in every single way,” Trejo said. “We got to get more defensive because I think offensively we work the ball well. Defensively, we have to work harder.”
Sussex Tech has two games remaining against St. Marks and Indian River in the regular season.
St. Georges has three more, beginning with an away game against A.I. du Pont Thursday.