Parchment High School

2005 Varsity Soccer

Districts Semi-Finals vs Paw Paw


Early goal, defense power Parchment

Thursday, October 27, 2005 wselent@kalamazoogazette.com 388-8400

PAW PAW -- Parchment scored just nine minutes into the game and the Panthers defense made the lead stand in a 3-0 win over host Paw Paw in a Division 3 district semifinal on Wednesday.

Tristan Koole, who scored Parchment's lone goal against Kalamazoo Christian on Monday, got behind the Paw Paw defense on a Nathan Bonney throw-in and flicked a shot past Redskins goalkeeper Kevin Thompson for the eventual game-winner.

``We used the same tactic we used against Christian,'' said Parchment coach Tom Nesbitt, whose team will take on Marcellus in the district final at 10 a.m. Saturday at Paw Paw. ``We got a goal early and then dropped back defensively with five midfielders.''

Cory Verdon added to the Parchment (12-5-2) lead two minutes into the second half when he collected a loose ball inside the 18-yard box, took a touch around Thompson and scored into the open net.

Bonney put the game out of reach with a breakaway goal in the 73rd minute. The margin of victory was surprising considering the two teams hooked up one week ago, with Paw Paw coming out on top in overtime, 3-2.

``I was really expecting an overtime game again tonight,'' Nesbitt said.

Paw Paw (6-11-3) put a lot of pressure on the Parchment defense and its goalkeeper, Eric Brusse, but was unable to find the net. ``I felt we had more scoring opportunities, we just didn't finish them,'' Paw Paw coach Jeff Crafts said. ``But give Parchment credit, they played hard. ``I am proud of my kids for not quitting. We fought until the very end.''

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Game summary: OK now every chant with me ...

D I S T R I C T F I N A L S !!!!

D I S T R I C T F I N A L S !!!!

D I S T R I C T F I N A L S !!!!

D I S T R I C T F I N A L S !!!!

Is this AWESOME or what? I'm lovin it and I ain't talkin 'bout the Mickey D Big Mac either. I'm lovin this run through the district tourney. Seniors, are we having fun or what? And all you underclassmen, you need to enjoy the heck out of this too. Sure, you may do this again next year and the year after but then again maybe you won't. It takes not only talent but some great team chemistry to make a special run like this and top to bottom this squad has that "magical" chemistry. Trust me I should know. After all I spent last week at Disney World!!! Pinky, Corwin, Bon, those were some sweeeet goals fellas. Keep it up. But hands down it was BIG D that won this game. E logged his second district shut out (way to go E) and of course he had lots of help. Jose, that was the best game I've seen you play all year. Cody you were everywhere. The bees were buzzing too (Niz, Casey, and Argenas). Ross, HECK of a game, HECK of a game. A.P. you always seem to be in the right spot. JP you bring instant energy off the bench. Perm, well, you and Alex anchor the D. The shut out is as much yours as it is E's. I could go on and on. From #2 to GK T-stek you ALL have come up HUGE in your march to the District Finals. Dare I say the R word. OK, I won't. Lets just focus on 10 AM Saturday. I'm feelin it, are you feelin it, I'm feelin it!! YEAH!!!!


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One last thing: Alex, congrats on being a 2005-2006 McDonald's All-American basketball nominee. Way to go son! Way to go!

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