Durst leads Bristol boys past Mathews

BRISTOLVILLE — After a slow start on Wednesday, the Bristol boys soccer team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 7-2 victory over Mathews.

“I thought we came off a little slow early,” Bristol coach Craig Giesy said. “Once we got a rhythm, got a couple sub rotations in, I thought we played hard, and pretty fundamentally solid.”

Despite getting beat on a penalty kick early, Panthers goalkeeper Danny Yanek was a defensive backstop, only allowing one other goal. He also wasa vocal leader from inside the goalkeeper’s box.

Senior Damion Durst also put up an impressive performance, scoring a hat trick for the Panthers.

“Damion’s a really good player,” Giesy said. “He’s our leader, he’s our best player, and one of the best players in the area. Today he did some good things.

“Early on I think he should have crossed a few more balls, but once he started passing, and getting everyone else involved, it opens him up more. That’s exactly what happened throughout the game.”

Also scoring multiple goals for the Panthers was freshman Levi Perry. Perry scored twice, deflecting two shots from his teammates into the net.

Nick Sigler scored the most thrilling goal for the Panthers, sending a shot bouncing off the crossbar and back into the net, exciting the crowd, and giving the Panthers a 3-1 lead.

Bristol held a 4-2 lead at the half after Durst scored his second of the night, and senior Luca Petrogalli finally got a shot into the net after multiple shots went wide.

“I think this has been a progression for us,” Giesy said. “We’re just trying to get better every game, day by day, and this was another step in the right direction.”

The Panthers slowed the pace once play resumed after the half. Junior Zach Stern opened the second half with a goal before Durst secured the hat trick, giving Bristol a 6-2 lead.

Sealing the deal was Perry’s second deflection into the net with eight minutes remaining, giving the Panthers their seventh and final goal.

Mathews moves on to face Leetonia on the road, while Bristol heads to Lordstown to take on the Red Devils.

“We’re excited to go out there Friday,” Giesy said. “I don’t know much about them right now, we’re going to see how it goes, but we’re excited to go over there and play the game.”