Buchholz edges past P.K. Yonge


Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 11:40 p.m.
In a physical, back-and-forth matchup of two city rivals, it was an early controversial penalty kick and outstanding play late from keeper Michael Waylon that enabled Buchholz to hold on for a 2-1 win over P.K. Yonge.
With the match scoreless in the 30th minute Wednesday, Blue Wave defender Aaron Huggins pressed Buchholz striker Nick Mitchell, who controlled the ball near the corner of the penalty box. Seconds later, Mitchell fell after the ref said he was tripped by Huggins just inside the box, a call that left P.K. Yonge players furious and resulted in some post-game shouting matches between the teams. Mitchell made the ensuing penalty kick.
"(Waylon) is an excellent keeper, and we've really been blessed with the play from our keepers this season," Buchholz coach Chip Johnson said of Waylon, who began the season on the junior varsity squad before being called up earlier this season when the Bobcats' starting keeper went down with an injury. "He really made a couple of critical stops late in the game and kept control. We're lucky he's been able to play at this level."
Early in the second half, the Blue Wave threatened with several prolonged attacks. In the 48th minute, P.K. Yonge midfielder Chris Caro took a cross and drilled the ball to the top left corner of the goal, but a diving Waylon made a finger-tip save. P.K. Yonge put the rebound over the cross bar.
Andrew Ju split the defense, and the forward tapped the ball off P.K. Yonge goalie Sean Murphy for a 2-0 lead in the 58th minute.
Jose Rose scored the Blue Wave's goal.

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