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Devils run off with win

October 04, 2000

Devils run off with win



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - At halftime Tuesday night, Greencastle-Antrim boys soccer coach Scott Gelsinger told his No. 2 Blue Devils that "this was a game they could come out and lose."

His team responding by playing to win.

Greencastle tripled its tenuous lead in a four-minute span midway through the second half and got a goal in the final minute to put away a reeling James Buchanan team, 4-0.

"We said that. We had all these shots (a 17-3 advantage) and just one goal," Gelsinger said. "I was scared."

Eighteen minutes into the second half, his fears disappeared. Shuaiming Peng picked up a loose ball on the right side and sent in a blast for a 2-0 lead. Four minutes later, Josh Meketa picked up his second goal of the night off an assist from John Bitner to make it 3-0.

"We thought if we stuck one in early, we could get them in a hole," said Meketa, who missed last month's game against the Rockets.

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"We played the same in the second half as we did in the first," Gelsinger said. "We just shot the ball better."

The Blue Devils (10-2, 5-0 Mid Penn Colonial) were off and running from the opening whistle. They had two shots in the opening 90 seconds and enough opportunities to fill two games by the end of the night, but kept sending open shots high and wide.

"It's been like that. We've been passing real well, but tonight we did that too much," Gelsinger said. "We had control, but weren't getting anywhere. I said just to keep going. Once you get one, the next one will come."

Peng closed the scoring with a goal in the last 30 seconds, a bomb that snuck past six different players and into the left corner. It was typical of the entire night for the Rockets (3-8, 2-4), who seemed to be playing a man short the whole game as they were outshot, 31-8. JB keeper Travis High finished with 12 saves.

"Right now, everyone's just frustrated," JB coach Michelle Place said. "They're frustrated they're not winning, I'm frustrated we're not winning. ... We knew which guys we had to mark, it just seemed like there was always one too many for us to get caught up."

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