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Boonsboro out shoots Smithsburg

September 08, 2000

Boonsboro out shoots Smithsburg



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - The look on the face of Boonsboro keeper Brian Eury didn't change during the last 10 minutes of Friday's game against Smithsburg during the first round of the 2nd Washington County Public Schools Tournament.

The direction his face was looking, however, did.

A dejected Eury gave up the game-tying goal with one minute left in regulation, but he lifted his own spirits - and his team's - by blocking a kick in a shootout and leading the Warriors to a 4-2 decision in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation.

"It was really nice to make up for the mistake," said Eury, who finished with seven saves.

Boonsboro had taken a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute when Rob Pongratz took a cross from Matt Kibler, made two moves and put the ball in the back of the net. Despite wasting other good chances, Eury made the lead stand up for his teammates thanks to some daring dashes off his line and several smothered balls on Smithsburg breakaways.

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"My timing was good, my body felt good and I was in the right mindset all day," Eury said. "And my teammates were there to back me up."

Indeed, defenseman Brian Fouche cleared one goal off the line in the 56th minute, and an equalizer by the Leopards with two minutes to play was wiped out by an offside call. Smithsburg, however, continued to press, and a 25-yard shot by Matt Holsinger ricocheted off Eury's arm and into the net to set up the shootout.

Seth Newman scored for Smithsburg and Kibler evened it for Boonsboro in round one when Holsinger stepped up again. This time, though, Eury kept the ball out of the net, going to his left to push the shot away. The Warriors (2-0) then finished matters, getting conversions from Pongratz, Joel Forsyth and Austin Gray to end it.

It ruined a solid season opener for Smithsburg.

"These kids have a lot of heart, and that's what is going to make them gel," Smithsburg coach Craig Newcomer said. "I think we surprised a lot of people out here today."

Eury, meanwhile, surprised no one.

"I told him (Eury) was a hero. If you're a keeper and you even get a hand on that ball, you're a hero, because you aren't supposed to do that," Boonsboro coach Jeff Palm said.

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