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Walkersville boys soccer out of states

October 27, 2000

Walkersville boys soccer out of states



By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent


WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Walkersville boys soccer coach Kevin Conley wanted his team to take a few steps forward in the first round of the 2A West Regional soccer tournament. But in effect, he and his team may have taken a major step back in losing 2-1 to Rockville.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the last five minutes of the game, Conley decided to push his defense to pressure Rockville. While the Lions were trying to work their offense and score, Rockville's Steve Weiss slid in and scored the winning goal on the short side with about four minutes left in the game.

"At the end of the first half we started generating a lot more shots," Conley said. "In the second half we pushed (the defense) up and then we pushed it up even farther and we had the goal come in. We took the chance, it was a 1-1 game, we wanted to score.

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"I think it was great soccer from both teams and I think it just came down to they had one play that worked for them and it didn't work for us," Conley said. "They were able to get a ball down to the corner and work it across and we just didn't have the numbers in the back."

The Lions almost scored several times in the last few minutes of the game. One of the times was when striker Drew Daniluck kicked the ball off the top of the goal.

"It was a set play, Brad (Palmer) was at the top of the arch," Daniluck said. "he quick played (the ball) and I turned and just shot it and my luck didn't go my way."

The Rams scored in the first four minutes of the game when Rod Rubio scored an unassisted goal.

The Lions answered about 20 minutes into the game when Palmer scored off an assist by Chris Hohnke.

"I got a great ball across from Chris Hohnke and I just brought it down and played it across their keeper," Palmer said.

The Lions took 12 shots at the Rams' goal. Rockville goalie John Connelly had five saves.

"(We knew) very little about Rockville, we heard they were a very fast team, we tried to compensate for that, but otherwise we didn't have much of a report on them," Conley said. "We looked at what we've done good this season and we wanted to make them play our game, so we still played our same formation."

Walkersville ends their season at 7-8-1.

"I think Walkersville is a tremendous team and I think they definitely won every single ball in the air," Rockville coach Bob Ryder said. "They're a phenomenal team in the air. Our team came in here tonight, we left our school 45 minutes late, we were not given our proper warm-up time. As you can see tonight it didn't make much of a difference. These guys stepped it up."

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