Battle for Perkins Ave.

Saturday will be the only time that Perkins and Sandusky will meet for bragging rights in the annual rivalry game in girls soccer.
AnthonyMoujaes
Aug 25, 2010

Saturday will be the only time that Perkins and Sandusky will meet for bragging rights in the annual rivalry game in girls soccer. The prorgrams used to compete twice a year, but had to drop a game with the addition of Huron's girls team — besides, the two aren't in the same conference anyway. The game used to be the first part of a double-header. That's not the case this year... More on that in October, when that event would normally take place. Both these programs know this is a big game, both teams get geared up to play, and both squads know their 'A' game is a must. The kids and coaches know each other, and there's a mutual respect they share for the other side. Perkins has not lost any of the previous six meetings. In 2004, a 1-0 win in September at Perkins saw Stephanie Kaskewsky score with two minutes left to play. In October at Sandusky, the teams battled to a 0-0 tie. In September 2005, when both teams were undefeated, Kaskewsky scored another game winner with 10 minutes left in a tight 3-2 match at Sandusky. The return game at Perkins saw the Pirates get a 2-0 win on a cold, wet field. Last year at Perkins, on another cold, wet September morning, Trisha Krewson scored four goals as the Pirates got a 6-0 win. The October game was much closer, but Perkins edged out the Streaks 4-3 despite three goals from A.J Gant. So what's the X-Factor: Home field advantage. Perkins has not allowed a goal to the Streaks on its home turf. But this year's one-and-only game is at the Venice Height Soccer Complex, and the Streaks play the Pirates very tight over there. However, Perkins does hold one advantage with its players more rested than the Streaks. The Pirates had a game Tuesday against Huron, and had a chance to rest several starters midway thorugh the second half. Sandusky had a game Tuesday and one on Thursday. And folks, Friday practices usually last about an hour, if that, because of football games and band. In the end, it should make for a fun game. I just hope the weather cooperates.