David Stuebgen continued his fantastic start to the 2019 season, but a rough start to Thursday night’s match doomed Ambridge boys’ varsity soccer in a 6-2 loss to WPIAL Class 3A-Section 2 rival Moon at Moe Rubenstein Stadium.
The Tigers (2-0, 3-0) tested goalkeeper Matt Kowalski early and often in handing the Bridgers (1-1, 3-1) their first defeat of the year. Still, Kowalski did all he could to keep the hosts within range, finishing with a staggering ten saves.
At the other end of the pitch, Stuebgen took advantage of a miscue by Kowalski’s counterpart, Conor Suchar, to ruin his clean sheet with a tap-in goal in the 65th minute.
The two sides traded penalties in the second half, with Zeynel Ayman converting in the 61st minute, and Stuebgen burying from the spot in the 68th.
Darek Panucci scored the first of his two a little over five minutes into the game, redirecting an Ayman throw-in off his head from close range.
Panucci made it 2-0 to the Tigers in the 17th minute, moments after the Bridgers’ Mason Kovach drew a yellow card on Bryan Fuentes for a bad challenge.
Kovach was also put on notice in the 27th, immediately following the first of two scores by the Tigers’ Justin Kopay on the night.
The Ambridge varsity boys are back in action with a non-section game versus Penn Hills that kicks off at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Moe Rubenstein Stadium.