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Salem goalkeeper Jacob Maxey makes a save in the first half. The Wildcat senior stopped 14 of 15 shots on goal.

Salem's Cameron Goodin (#2) jockeys for possession of the ball in front of a Carlyle player.

Salem takes possession on a header in the second half.

Wildcats Come Back to Top Carlyle on the Soccer Pitch

A header by Zach Schilling in the 77th minute led to a 2-1 win for the Salem Wildcats over Carlyle Monday afternoon.

Schilling took a cross in the box from Zarak Islam, and Schilling was quick to credit his teammate for the assist.

"It was just a great cross from Zarak. It was just good placement and it was easy to put in past the goalie.

Salem Coach Cecil Rowe said Schilling had a clean conversion from the cross pass.

"That was a nice cross by Zarak. Even though the cross comes in, the finish is the most important thing, and [Zach] finished with his head. That was spectacular. That was amazing."

Salem tied the game earlier in the second period when Andrew Banning slipped the ball past the net-minder in the 58th minute. Carlyle had led 1-0 after a goal in the eighth minute.

Rowe was pleased with how his team came back and played in the second half.

"In the first half, we didn't control the ball, we didn't make the passes. We let them walk all over us and beat us and score the first goal. We came back in the second half after I have my talk [with the team], and I told them we should come back and play hard, and close down every ball. And then we finally did that: control the ball, lift your head up, make a nice pass, and finish the play.

Salem goalkeeper Jacob Maxey stopped fourteen shots. Schilling was named Man of the Match. Salem returns to action Thursday when the Wildcats host Teutopolis.

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