Flyers top NW in opener

Published 1:26 am Friday, August 24, 2012

Jim Walker


McDERMOTT — It was the soccer version of narcolepsy.

The St. Joseph Flyers started fast, then took a brief snooze and roared back in a 4-3 win over the Northwest Mohawks on Monday to begin the soccer season.

“After jumping out to an early lead, we fell asleep for 10 or 15 minutes in the middle of the first period,” said Flyers’ first-year head coach Tim Hopkins.

“From that point forward the entire team responded with a strong effort. It’s good to win a close one on the road early in the season.”

Joseph Payton was wide-awake to start the game as he scored the first two goals for the Flyers at the 1:40 and 6:42 marks.

Northwest got a goal at the 16:30 mark but the Flyers quickly answered as Sidney Payne used an assist from Glennie Hopkins to score with 17:09 on the clock.

The Mohawks made it 3-2 with a goal 12 minutes later, but the Flyers pulled ahead 4-2 with 38:32 on the first half clock as Eli Lewis scored a goal.

Northwest had the only score of the second half with a goal at 14:28.

St. Joseph visits Portsmouth West at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

St. Joseph 4 0 = 4

Northwest 2 1 = 3

First Half

SJ — Joseph Payton 1:40

SJ — Joseph Payton 6:42

NW — Goal at 16:30

SJ — Sidney Payne 17:09 (assist Glennie Hopkins)

NW — Goal at 29:11

SJ — Eli Lewis 38:32 (assist Sidney Payne)

Second Half

NW — Goal at 14:28

St. Joseph statistics

Shots on goal: 12. Corner kicks: 4. Goals: 4 (Joseph Payton 2, Sidney Payne, Eli Lewis). Assists: Sidney Payne, Glennie Hopkins. Goalkeeper saves: Justin Mahlmeister 5.