By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- Max Reed was in the perfect position for Lewisburg. As soon as Luke Permyashkin booted the ball out from deep in the Green Dragons' end, Reed took off.
The ball took a bounce behind the Midd-West's last line of defenders just beyond half field, and Reed quickly had it all to himself as he used his speed to distance himself.
With a one-on-one look against Midd-West's goalie, Reed noticed the right side of the goal looked just a tad bit more open.
Reed dribbled toward the left side of the net and, from a few yards inside of the 18-yard box, he fired a shot to the far post and snuck it just inside.
The goal finally broke a scoreless tie with 25:03 to play in the second half, and it helped Lewisburg gain a little momentum. The Green Dragons went on to defeat Midd-West, 2-0, at the Pawling Sports Complex at Lewisburg.
"Honestly, I credit Luke for that through-ball more than me, actually. He was smart enough to see that wide-open space behind the defense and he blasted that ball right over them and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time," Reed said. "With my speed, I ran by the defense behind the ball. It was an easy finish."
Reed's breakaway down the center of the field on Permyashkin's through-ball was the only solid look at the goal Reed had on the day, as Midd-West's Devaughn John shadowed the Lewisburg junior all game, playing stellar defense on him.
Reed finished with just two shots, both in the second half.
"We knew we had to stop Max Reed from going forward because he's very dangerous," Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said. "(John) single-handedly kept us right there.