Portzline nets 5 goals in win over CSY
MCALISTERVILLE — After one half of play, the Christian School of York came to the realization that schools across the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association have for the last three seasons — there seems to be no stopping Anson Portzline’s offensive onslaught.
Thursday’s five-goal performance was just the latest scoring outburst from the talented senior — although Portzline’s fourth goal had more historical significance as it was the 100th goal of his standout career that gave the Lions a four-goal advantage on the way to a 5-1 victory in a non-conference boys soccer matchup on Thursday evening at Juniata Christian School.
The goal was a special moment for Anson, who finished a beautiful through ball from his brother, Avery, to reach the milestone. Avery assisted on three of Anson’s five goals on the afternoon.
“Avery has really helped me throughout the season,” Anson said. “He has a lot of my assists and we work well together and we’re hoping to have a good rest of the season.”
Avery was the first to greet Anson to celebrate, as his teammates mobbed him with just over two minutes left in the first half.
“I was waiting for it to come and now it’s finally here and I’m very excited. I’m happy with where I came from,” Anson said. “I’d like to thank my dad especially because I wouldn’t be where I am without him. I wouldn’t have all of these goals, and I hope to get many more this season.”
For Lions’ coach Dave Portzline, getting to watch his son reach the milestone from the sidelines was a sentimental moment.
“With the assist coming from his brother Avery, that made it all the more special,” Dave said. “As a dad, that’s a proud moment for me.”
While Anson didn’t originally plan on getting to 100 goals when his career started, he quickly realized it may be possible when he added up his varsity total through three seasons and was sitting at 78 entering his senior year.
“I totaled up my goals and saw that I was at 78 and I knew that I could easily get 22 this year,” Anson said. “That was kind of my goal this year — to get to 100 — and now that I’m within range of the county record I’m hoping to smash that record.”
Portzline sits at 101 goals entering Friday, needing five goals to tie and six goals to break Dan Wagner’s mark of 106, which stands as the Juniata County record for goals in boys soccer.
“It’s amazing. I just didn’t think that I would be here,” Anson said. “I’m just hoping to break it.”
Anson was consistently able to find open space in the middle of the field, which led to a bunch of different scoring opportunities. Dave complimented his team’s ability to keep possession and work the ball up field for his team’s success.
“One of the things that was a little different with the offense today was that when your guys talk that much and talk well on the field, how the ball moves so well,” Dave said. “The boys were a little intentional in trying to get the ball to Anson, but we moved the ball really nicely. I told them if they talk like that every game, that’s how it can look every day.”
Dave also credited Alejandro Flores for his work in transitioning the ball in the midfield.
“We moved Alejandro to the midfield, and he’s really created a completely different element to our game,” Dave said. “We were lacking something in the midfield and sticking him in that position has just completely opening up the game for us.”
Juniata Christian (5-1) hosts Columbia County Christian today, with Anson looking to make Juniata County history. Anson scored five goals in a 6-2 win over Columbia County Christian on Monday.
Juniata Christian 5, Christian School of York 1
Anson Portzline (Avery Portzline) 37:29, Anson Portzline 29:52, Anson Portzline (Avery Portzline) 16:44, Anson Portzline (Avery Portzline) 2:06.
Derek Rhine (PK) 23:15, Anson Portzline 0:08.
Shots: 9-5, JCS. Corners: 2-2. Saves: J– 1 (Micah Dressler), CSY — 4 (Jeremiah Loyer).