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Boys Soccer - Better late than never

September 20, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Trailing 1-0 to Chambersburg after being outplayed for 40 minutes, the Waynesboro boys soccer team came to a realization at halftime Thursday night.

"We realized we weren't playing well," Indians head coach Steve Tanner said, "and it was intensity, not skill."

That realization definitely seemed to sink in over the final 40 minutes, as host Waynesboro (No. 8 Herald-Mail poll) turned up the heat and ripped off a pair of unanswered goals to knock off the Trojans (No. 4 Herald-Mail poll), 2-1.

Although turning up the heat is nothing new to this Mid-Penn Keystone Division rivalry. When these Franklin County neighbors meet, it's usually anything but neighborly.

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"It's always heated. It's a cross-town rivalry. It's huge," said Waynesboro forward Nick Kipe, who scored the game-winning goal with just under 10 minutes left to play. "Once we got the intensity up, we started hitting harder. It really got hot out there."

The Indians tied it at 1-1 midway through the second half, as James Derrick punched in a goal from 10 yards out off a cross pass from Phil Woodring.

Fourteen minutes and three unsportsmanlike yellow cards (two on Waynesboro) later, Kipe got the ball from 25 yards out on the right side and went to work. He blazed past three Chambersburg defenders, before unleashing the game-winner from 15 yards away, hitting the lower right corner of the goal just past the reach of Trojans keeper Mike Hepner.

"That goal was huge," said Kipe. "But give a lot of credit to James Derrick. He scored the first goal. Until that point, we were dead. That just got us fired up. From there, we just went."

Indians goalie James Woodring finished with nine saves, while Hepner made five. Chambersburg, which took a 1-0 lead on Ryan St. Clair's unassisted first-half goal, outshot Waynesboro 14-9 and held an 8-3 edge on shots at the half.

"I'm so frustrated right now," said Chambersburg coach Graham Messner. "We had so many chances to put the game away. It should have been 3-0 at halftime. We just seem to have an inability to focus for 80 minutes."

Waynesboro improved to 3-4 (2-2) while Chambersburg fell to 5-4 (2-2) as the battle for third place in the Keystone Division - which sends its top three teams to the playoffs - got even tighter.

"This was must win. We're both fighting for the third playoff spot," said Tanner. "It was definitely the biggest win of the season."

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