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Boonsboro gets ball to bounce its way

October 17, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Boonsboro coach Brad Distad wondered just how long before things would start going his way.

The Warriors put their coach's mind at ease with a 3-2 win over Smithsburg Thursday in a MVAL Antietam Conference boys' soccer match.

"It was a heart-stopper," Distad said. "They had us worried for the whole game. I was impressed with Smithsburg's tenacity. We expected a tough game, since they are the two-time defending region champions. They lived up to that."

Warriors senior center midfield Jason Mantz said Boonsboro accomplished what it needed to do in the midfield area.

"Overall, we did all right," Mantz said. "We controlled the midfield pretty good right before we shot. We sent balls through pretty well. We still would like to see more control in the midfield area with our passes. We look forward to playing teams with winning records."

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Boonsboro (8-4, 6-2) got on the scoreboard first in the ninth minute as Tyler McKenrick scored off Dan Tonetti's assist.

Boonsboro kept the one-goal lead until the 36th minute when Jeremy Rupert scored for Smithsburg (6-6) on an assist by Jeff Sprecher.

The Warriors quickly answered two minutes later when Marc Nicolosi scored on an assist by Scott Hart for a 2-1 halftime advantage.

The Warriors quickly assumed a two-goal lead in the 42nd minute as Jacob Munson scored on another assist by Hart.

The Leopards reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the 67th minute when Gerry Spessard scored on an assist by Chad Rupert.

Smithsburg goalkeeper Russell Hoyt collected 14 saves.

"We knew that their goalkeeper has the most saves in the county," Distad said. "We knew that we would have to take plenty of shots in order to get some balls into the net."

Boonsboro sophomore goalkeeper Evan Lowery kept pace with eight saves.

"Their shots were good," Lowery said. "I made the saves that counted. My defense was really good. They got back when they needed to. They helped me out when I needed it. I hope that we continue this success for the rest of the season."

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