Phantoms win, 3-2, in OT thriller on Senior Night

Photo by Leann Pettit Phoenixville's Efrain Govea streaks past the Warrior's defense during Wednesday night's game.

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PHOENIXVILLE -- As a defensive stalwart for the Phoenixville boys soccer team, junior John McInally does not get the chance to figure in the scoring much for the Phantoms.

However, McInally, who doubles as a placekicker and punter for the football team, made the most of his big chance Wednesday night as his goal eight minutes into the 10-minute overtime session propelled the Phantoms to a 3-2 victory over Methacton on Senior Night at Washington Field.

Phoenixville (5-1 PAC-10, 6-2 overall) rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Perkiomen Valley Monday, a setback that halted a five-game winning streak by coach Ryan Bombick's Phantoms.

"That was a real nailbiter," said McInally. "It was kind of unbelievable. It was the first time this year we were able to overcome adversity. I am proud for the seniors. They have been looking forward to this for all four years. I am really glad we could get it done on Senior Night. I am happy for them."

The Phantoms have a large crop of 10 seniors for the 2009 campaign, and they have been a big part of the Phantoms' fast start this season.

Senior forward Chris Onder scored the first Phantom goal just 41 seconds into the fray with an assist by senior forward Tanner Johnson on a cross from the left side. In the 22nd minute, Methacton's Ricky Griffith scored from close range to create the 1-1 halftime tie.

The Warriors' Corey Melnick put his club ahead on a rebound shot off a Ryan Lantzy save eight minutes into the second half. Phoenixville senior forward Efrain Govea pushed the game into another tie with a goal with just over 13 minutes left in regulation time.

McInally spoke about his game-winning goal.

"Jose (Sandoval, senior midfielder) and I like to play together," said McInally. "He likes to find me and he did exactly that. It was pretty remarkable. It deflected off someone and popped free and I put it in. It was a lucky goal. I didn't really do that much."

Lantzy made eight saves for the Phantoms while Scott Markle had nine stops for the Warriors.

The Phantoms led in shots, 12-10,

while Methacton had a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.

Bombick talked about Phoenixville's recent stretch of games.

"We had a tough week going 4-0 last week and then we lost a close game to PV," said Bombick, who is assisted by Dan Fullam. "This was a good game for our guys, especially the seniors. We knew it would be a very close game and this was a very good game. It was character-building in overcoming adversity for the first time. We were down 2-1 with 15 minutes left and we battled back to get the win.

"We came out with really high intensity scoring 40 seconds into the game and it kind of hurt us. We thought we could take our foot off the gas. Then they (Warriors) scored and we knew it was for real."

The Phantoms have had ties with the Warriors the previous two years. Last season the score was 1-1 and the final in the season before that was 2-2.

Bombick said he has a great group of seniors who will be missed next season.

The seniors include Ryan Lantzy, Brendan Farrell, Chris Onder, Tanner Johnson, Jimmy Lolli, Efrain Govea, Jose Sandoval, Brian Schanzenbach, Mike Potts and Tom Timmons.

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