Getting the chance to break Southern Boone’s scoring slump, Eagles senior Ian McCluskey left little to doubt. McCluskey confidently slammed home a penalty kick less than three minutes into the second half of Monday’s game vs Canton.
McCluskey scored again eight minutes later on a brilliant individual effort and the Eagles hung on for a 2-1 win.
For SoBoCo it was their 11th win of the season. For Eagles coach Chris Miller it was his 300th coaching win. Perhaps most importantly, it was the first two goals in 3.5 games – just over 280 minutes of soccer. McCluskey, who’s shot hit the post towards the end of Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 tie, said it would have been easy to get frustrated, but that the Eagles knew they just needed to continue shooting.
“It’s always frustrating when you can’t score, but you have to keep your head – because that (pressure) will build if you don’t,” McCluskey said. “You have to keep the ball on frame and know that it will happen.”
McCluskey got the PK when he was brought down in the box on a breakaway counterattack. Canton defenders could not touch him on his second goal as he faked his was past one defender, took two steps past another and fired a low shot to the far post from 18-yards out for what proved to be the game-winner.
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