Amory shuts out Lewisburg in Round 1

LEWISBURG – Amory’s defense was successful in shutting down Lewisburg’s offense on Tuesday night in their first-round playoff matchup, and they got just enough of the offense they needed.
Garrett Trautman’s second-half goal was the difference maker, and the Panthers kept the Patriots out of the goal, only allowing one shot in the second half.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalGarrett Trautman scored both goals for Amory in their two playoff games – the game winner at Lewisburg and one in the Panthers' 2-1 loss at Florence.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Garrett Trautman scored both goals for Amory in their two playoff games – the game winner at Lewisburg and one in the Panthers’ 2-1 loss at Florence.

“This win felt good. Lewisburg has a really good team. They had a lot of speed and some very talented players,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said.
Trautman’s goal, on an assist from Joseph Summers, broke up the scoreless tie in the 73rd minute.
Amory keeper Ross Trautman made a number of skilled saves in the first half to keep the Patriots off the board.
Clayton said patience paid off for the Panthers on Tuesday night.
“We kind of played to their tempo the first 10-20 minutes, and after that, we were able to slow the game down some, which is what we wanted to do. We got some good opportunities on our set pieces tonight,” Clayton said.
Clayton said he’s stressed being tough on defense all season.
“The way we play is probably not the funnest soccer. Everyone wants to see scoring,” Clayton said. “With our guys we want to play good defense and keep it a zero or one goal game, and we think we have a good chance of winning those. Tonight was one of those nights we got that done.”