Owen Perrien scored two goals in the first half and added a key tally in the third quarter, leading Jordan to a 10-6 win over Panther Creek in an NCHSAA 4A third-round boys lacrosse playoff match Tuesday.
Perrien was a force early on, whipping a shot into the netting just 1:24 in and adding a low screamer that made it 3-2 with just 9.2 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Jordan coach Jamie Sliwa said he marvels at the play of his senior attack man.
“We put a lot on him and he’s capable of having those scoring bursts,” Sliwa said, mentioning how his team had to overcome the loss of their top player, Thomas Schmidt, to a torn ACL early in the campaign. “Owen has become a great player.”
Perrien said keeping the Catamounts uneasy about where Jordan’s attack would come from keyed the win.
“We did a good job of playing together and continually making them change their footing,” Perrien said. “We kept putting them on the defensive.”
Jesse Melton also netted two first half goals as Jordan built a 5-3 lead.
Melton said Jordan played crisply, particularly on offense, in posting the win.
“We made smart passes and kept looking for the next guy,” Melton said. “We’re taking this one game at a time right now.”
Benjamin Richter ripped a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal midway through the third to bring the Catamounts within a goal at 6-5.
The Falcons scored four of the next five goals, however, including a blast from Connor Love, to seal the win. Panther Creek, which made the playoffs for the first time, finished the season 9-11.
Jordan improved to 11-6, impressing the program’s former JV coach Steve Haine, now the head man at Panther Creek.
“I’m happy for them, even though I would have liked to have beaten them tonight,” Haine said.
He had plenty to be proud of from his own team, as well.
“Our expectations were just to make the playoffs,” Haine said. “And we were right with Jordan most of this game, as well.”