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November 7, 2012

Tigers suffer tough setback

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Although Troutman didn't expect Reinford's goal to hold up for the rest of the game, the Tigers only had one more solid scoring chance the rest of the game.

That allowed Trinity (17-4-1) to get back in the game, and it all began with a foul committed by East Juniata and a direct kick being awarded to Nate Gracey.

The shot by Gracey was initially blocked, but Brett Bricker got the rebound and also the game-tying goal with 11:31 remaining in the game.

"The way I saw it, that wasn't a foul. I thought it was a real clean defend," said Troutman. "Sometimes those calls go against you. I don't know if we lost our head, but maybe it set us back a little bit."

The Shamrocks stayed on the offensive and scored the game-winner with 1:45 remaining in regulation on an unassisted goal by forward David Bricker.

"Trinity was dangerous up top. (Bricker) was quick for them and he got dangerous a couple of times," said Troutman. "I thought we contained him pretty well, but (the goal) doesn't happen if we finish our chances.

"If we finish our chances (the score) is 6-0."

All told, East Juniata led in shots, 15-7; and in corners, 5-0.

"We totally dominated the game and lost. We had some wide-open looks, and if we bury a couple of those it's our win," said Troutman. "We weren't playing for (Spencer's goal) to hold up. We were playing to score more goals.

"We have never packed it in."

But the Shamrocks have seen to it that the Tigers are packing up and going home -- earlier than was probably expected from the Juniata County team.

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