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Prep soccer notes - Indians, Devils set for playoffs

October 18, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

The boys aren't being too neighborly in Franklin County these days.

Two nights after Greencastle-Antrim knocked off James Buchanan, 2-1, to secure the Mid-Penn Colonial Division's No. 2 seed for the Class AA conference playoffs - while also putting an end to the Rockets' postseason hopes - Waynesboro did the same thing to Chambersburg at Henninger Field.

With the Keystone Division's third and final Class AAA playoff spot up for grabs Thursday, the Indians (8-7, 5-5) downed the host Trojans (8-9-2, 3-5-2) 2-1 in overtime to earn their first postseason berth since joining the conference in 1992.

"It was huge. It was the biggest game of our lives," said Waynesboro's John Weber, who scored both Indians goals, knocking home the game-winner with 1 minute, 23 seconds left in overtime. "The adrenaline was flowing. All my teammates came up and tackled me. I was so pumped. It's a feeling I've never had before."

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It was a feeling sixth-year Waynesboro coach Steve Tanner had never experienced before in Chambersburg.

"We haven't won up there since I've been here," said Tanner. "It's always a big rivalry and we've come up short so many times up there.

"We've had some feel-good wins and some feel-good games, but this ... getting into the playoffs ... is huge. It's almost overwhelming."

Next up for Waynesboro is Hershey (12-4-1, Liberty No. 3) in the conference playoffs Saturday at 3 p.m. at Central Dauphin High School. The winner gets the Mid-Penn's fifth and final Class AAA berth in the District 3 championships.

"I think we can keep it going," said Weber. "This was the big boost."

Greencastle (10-8, 7-5) got its boost against the rival Rockets (7-8-2, 4-6-2).

"It was a big win because it was JB," said Blue Devils coach Scott Gelsinger. "It was a big win because it gives you at least one more game to play."

Greencastle now faces East Pennsboro (17-2, Capital No. 3) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Northern York High School. The winner moves on to districts, where the Devils have gone 0-2 the last two years, while the loser stays home.

"We haven't seen East Pennsboro this year, but they're in a pretty good division," said Gelsinger. "It's going to be a tough game, but everyone has a chance once you get here.

"We've got a group of young kids, six sophomores and a freshman starting, and it'd be nice for them to get the experience and play at that level."

Elsewhere ...


The brackets are set in West Virginia for the Region II, Section 4 boys and girls tournaments.

Martinsburg is the top seed in both.

In the girls tourney, which opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Bulldogs host fourth-seeded Musselman while third-seeded Hedgesville travels to second-seeded Jefferson. The winners meet for the championship on Oct. 26 at the site of the highest seed at 1 p.m.

On the boys side, fourth-seeded Musselman squares off against fifth-seeded Berkeley Springs Tuesday for the right to play Martinsburg on Wednesday. Second-seeded Jefferson faces third-seeded Hedgesville in the other semifinal Wednesday. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. on Oct. 26. All other games start at 6 p.m. at the site of the highest seed.

In Maryland, the MPSSAA will hold its draw for girls and boys tournament bracket positions on Monday. Regional tourney action opens Oct. 25-26.

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