After losing 3-1 at home to Altoona a couple of weeks ago, Hollidaysburg Area High School boys soccer coach Craig Shale was looking for a better performance from his team in Tuesday night's rematch at Mansion Park.
He got it.
Collin Terchanik's goal midway through the first half was the only score of the night as the Golden Tigers blanked the Mountain Lions, 1-0.
Mirror photo by Patrick?Waksmunski
Altoona goalie Joe Smith makes a save in front of Hollidaysburg’s Tyler Miller.
"I go hard every chance I get," Terchanik, a junior, said. "My teammates were with me, and I was just there for the rebound.
"One of my teammates, Tyler Miller, took a shot, it bounced off the keeper and I knocked it in," Terchanik said of his goal, which came from about 10 yards out.
"It was a ricochet," Shale said, "and, if you don't have guys in the box, you aren't going to get those. It was a lucky goal, but the way we played the second half, we definitely deserved to win.
"We just came out and wanted it a little more," he said. "We were more intense and didn't let them control the game. I thought we played really well."
The Tigers played with backup keeper John Johnson in goal.
"He missed the bus last night and made up for it tonight," Shale said.
Shale noted that starting keeper Blake Walter suffered a leg injury during warmups of Monday's 1-0 loss at Franklin Regional and Johnson missed the bus so he obviously missed the game, too.
Johnson's solid play - his first start of the season - led Hollidaysburg's defensive effort last night.
"He played great," Shale said. "I thought we played really well in the back and the midfield controlled the midfield. It was a complete team game."
After losing to Altoona earlier, Terchanik said: "we were all pumped up for tonight because it was our last game. We're ready for the playoffs now."
The Mountain Lions beat Richland, 6-3, on its annual senior night Monday, but Altoona coach Dave Alexander didn't use the back-to-back games as an excuse.
"I don't think with a rivalry game like this ... there's no excuse," Alexander said. "We didn't play very well. They played better than we did tonight.
"We had an early one hit the post and, if that would have gone in, it could have helped us, but we just didn't have it tonight. They outplayed us," he said.
"We couldn't get any breaks and we had a lot of good chances, but we just didn't convert them."
SCORE BY HALVES
Hollidaysburg1 0 - 1
Altoona 0 0 - 0
First Half: H-Terchanik (unassisted), 19:49.
Records: Hollidaysburg (13-5); Altoona (10-6).