Prep soccer notebook

September 26, 2000

Prep soccer notebook

The Walkersville boys soccer team used so many combinations in its first three games, fast-food restaurants could have taken notes.

Two wins and a berth in the Frederick County final later, the Lions have the order right.

"We knew the onset would be tough ... and were injury-riddled, so it wasn't until now that we had the starting 11," Conley said.

Walkersville started with losses to Urbana, No. 3 Thomas Johnson and No. 6 North Hagerstown, heading into Friday's match at Brunswick. One penalty-kick victory and one record-tying performance by junior Darin Stull later, the Lions stand on the verge of a righted season.

"It's terrific to mention his name," Conley said of Stull, who tied a school record with four goals in a 5-1 victory over Middletown in the county semifinals. "He was named a captain this year because we expected him to blossom. Now he has. Now we need even more guys to keep stepping up."


The steps come fast and furious now, though, as the county rematch against the Hawks is added into a rain-pocked schedule.

"It was nice to beat (Middletown), and we'd love to win the county. It's the first time we've ever been into the final," Conley said. "But we've got two conference games this week. We'll see Middletown again and they'll have a loaded gun on us."

Fit to be tied

The Frederick County boys tournament over the weekend saw more shootouts than the wild, wild West. Three of the four games on Friday came down to PKs, and two more followed the same script on Saturday - including Urbana's sudden-death win over Thomas Johnson in the semifinals.

"It's not like Middletown and everyone else over here any more, I don't think," Conley said. "A lot of the programs around here have caught up in the club programs. We're a little more balanced. Now, whoever shows up emotionally can walk away with a victory, too."

Rain on me

The Boonsboro boys played three games during the first week of the season - and have only played once since. The Warriors have had contests against Goretti, North and Middletown washed out by the steady showers in the Tri-State, and haven't made any of them up yet.

North's boys have also been postponed by rain three times and have played once in the last two weeks. Everyone else in the MVAL has one rainout; Walkersville has two.

Despite plenty of postponements on the girls side, only two MVAL contests and one AVL game have been put off - but the Middletown-North game has been rained out twice.

Enough already

With its 5-0 victory over North Carroll Tuesday, the No. 1 TJ girls are finished with their run of ranked foes. Outside of its two games in the Frederick County tournament, the Patriots played five straight games against teams ranked in either the Washington or Baltimore metro polls.

In the case of Good Counsel, it was the No. 1 team in the country.

Regardless, TJ came out 2-2-1 in that stretch, and its two losses were both 1-0 games (to Good Counsel and Baltimore No. 2 St. Mary's).

Finding the net

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The Goretti boys have scored 17 goals this season - by four players. The Greencastle boys, on the other hand, have had 10 players get in on the action for their 27 scores.

(Compiled by Staff Writer Dan Spears.)

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