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Indians come back to defeat Trojans

October 10, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Note to goalkeepers: If Waynesboro's Zach Tanner gets another penalty kick, he's going left with it again.

While the advice is a day late for Chambersburg goalie Eric Johnson, it might not have helped him anyway.

Johnson lunged all the way to his right to get his hands on Tanner's low drive in the 21st minute of the second half, banging the ball against the left post before it deflected into the goal for the final score in Waynesboro's 2-1 Mid-Penn Keystone Division boys soccer victory over its arch-rival Thursday night.

"I just put my head down and stared at the ground and didn't think about anything other than putting it in the left side," said Tanner of the Indians' first penalty kick this season. "Once they blew the whistle, I put it in the left side.

"If I have another penalty kick, that's where I'm putting it."

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Waynesboro (6-8, 3-6) snapped a three-game skid while completing its second straight two-game season sweep of Chambersburg (1-12-1, 0-8-1), which has lost eight straight.

While, unlike last year's finale between the Franklin County teams, the game had no playoff bearings, it was played like it did. Pride always seems to count most amongst neighbors.

"We're right down the street so we both hate each other," Tanner said. "Whether we're in first place or last place, we're going to go at each other."

"It can be a mean rivalry. We've always had games with hard feelings," Waynesboro coach Steve Tanner said. "They were embarrassed last time. They wanted to get some pride back."

The Trojans, determined to ease the pain of last week's 5-0 loss to Waynesboro, struck first Thursday. Britton Hartzok punched David Onomastico's pass into an open net, just ahead of racing Indians defender Brian Lisko, for a 1-0 Chambersburg lead midway through the first half.

"The first match we didn't show up," Trojans coach Steve Grove said. "The second match we were ready to play and it showed."

But the lead didn't last for long. With four minutes left in the half, Marko Culum took a downfield feed from Zach Tanner and laced it between Johnson and the right post to tie it.

Tanner's penalty kick then sent Chambersburg, which has only scored nine goals all season, to its seventh one-goal loss.

The Indians outshot the Trojans 17-9 and outcornered them, 5-1. Waynesboro keeper Ben Cook had four saves, while Johnson made seven.

"Another close loss. It's just so stinking frustrating," Grove said. "I feel like we outplayed them, or at least played with them. To come out of here with a loss on a PK just typifies our year."

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