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Boonsboro makes life easy in OT

September 11, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

The Boonsboro soccer team took the easy way out in a complicated situation.

After 80 minutes of soccer with South Hagerstown on Tuesday, it all came down to one-and-done time in overtime. And that meant it was time to reduce the difficulty factor to get a winning goal.

The simplistic route was the quickest to the goal for Caleb Gill, who scored from inside 10 yards at the 5:58 mark of the first overtime to lead Boonsboro to a wild 5-4 victory at School Stadium.

"Basically, they had carte blanche for shots in the overtime," Boonsboro coach Bob Moats said. "We were trying to get the score any way we could. But we did some combination passing plays - we try to work off of three different players - and it worked. It was basic soccer."

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All the offense in the match came in a 27-minute span in the middle of regulation. South got the tying goal in the 64th minute as Thomas Mittendorfer beat second-half goalkeeper Jake Munson on a one-on-one breakaway to knot the match at 4-4.

Boonsboro had three prime shots to end the game in regulation and the four best attempts - including a 35-yarder by Gill off the goal's crossbar - to end it early in overtime.

Then the Warriors (2-1) turned to their passing fancy of fancy passing.

Gill took the ball from 15 yards out at the left of the goal, did a little fancy footwork to himself and deposited the shot on goalkeeper Ken Paeil's doorstep to finish the game with 4:02 remaining in the extra period.

"It was just where things were going and I followed the play," said Gill. "I kind of chipped at it to get free. This is the first time I ever scored in overtime. I guess it's a pretty big goal ... it won the game."

Boonsboro jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the first half, hitting consecutive goals in a 7 1/2 minute span. Marc Nicolosi hit from a tough angle in the 27th minute, followed by Jake Munson in the 32nd minute and Anthony Dowell in the 34th minute.

But South came back with two quick goals of their own, just 46 seconds apart. Emens Rho scored on a header in the 34th minute and Sean Marriner scored off a pass from Mittendorfer in the 35th minute to cut the deficit to 3-2 at the half.

Rho broke free for his second goal in the 51st minute to tie the game before Nicolosi lofted a crossing pass from the right sideline into the goal to regain the lead in the 53rd minute before Mittendorfer answered to tie the game.

"We did what we have been working on," Moats said. "We have a pretty inexperienced team with only two players who have seen any playing time last year. This was good, but we have a long way to go."

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