Jack Patching stopped just in front of the goal, the ball at his feet, just waiting for the chance to strike against Pace.
“I felt the defender on my right shoulder coming, and I was waiting for him to fly in,” Patching said. “I paused and he came and went past me, and I put the ball away.”
That goal was his second of the night, and it helped propel Navarre to a 3-1 win over the Patriots on a cool Monday night under the lights at the Navarre Soccer Complex.
The senior nearly had a third goal off a penalty kick, but it was stopped.
“It’s the first one I’ve missed my whole life,” Patching said. “It’s something I’ll get over.”
Still, even with the miss, it was another night of business as usual for Patching, who has eight goals in the first five games, nearly equaling his total (11) from a season ago barely a month into the 2019-20 campaign.
“I feel like I’m playing pretty well,” Patching said. “Kobe (Banks) and I are linking up together well. We always do. We’ve been playing together our whole lives.”
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