POTSDAM — The Peru boys were playing their best soccer the second half of the league season.
And, despite a long layoff, the Indians have picked up right where they left off.
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Peru scored three second-half goals Wednesday night and defeated Section X champion Franklin Academy, 3-1, in the opening round of the NYSPHSAA Class A Tournament.
The Section VII-champion Indians will play Averill Park at 5 p.m. at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex on Saturday in the state quarterfinals.
“We hadn’t played in three weeks and our focus was remembering to stay sharp despite not having the opportunity to play a game,” Peru coach Matt Armstrong said.
“I was happy with how we played (Wednesday). Our senior captains stepped up and I was proud of the entire team. It was a team win. Our goal is to play 80 minutes of good soccer and we did that for the most part.”
The Huskies (9-7-1) probably knew they were in some trouble when they got outshot by the Indians in the opening half despite having a strong wind at their backs.
“Our mindset in the first half was to survive and maybe steal a goal,” Armstrong said. “We did have our chances against the wind, even though we didn’t score.”
Peru’s offensive talent, however, broke through in the second half.
It started out just 3:58 into the second stanza when speedy Jacob Dick chipped a shot into the far corner of the net from the side to give Peru the lead for good. The assist went to Russell LaFave.
“After we scored the first goal, we started to play the way we’re capable of,” Armstrong said.
Peru (10-4-2) then broke it open while taking a 3-0 lead within a 40-second span.