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Soccer notes - Perfection is in the eyes of the Warriors

October 08, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro second-year boys soccer coach Brad Distad is a perfectionist.

His No. 1 Warriors are 11-0, the last of the Tri-State's unbeaten teams, and he's still not entirely pleased.

"It hasn't been a perfect season," Distad said. "We've given up nine goals. I never like giving up goals."

But they have countered them rather easily by scoring 73 goals, which Distad said is more goals than any Boonsboro team has ever scored in an entire season.

While the Warriors might not be absolutely perfect, Distad said their success "is mind-boggling right now. We've never been here before. This year has been a year of firsts."

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Included on that list is the team's first Washington County title. The MVAL Antietam Conference and Maryland Class 1A West titles and a trip to states would be nice additions.

"I don't believe any Boonsboro team has ever gone to states," said Distad, who played goalie for the Warriors in his prep days and spent four years as the team's assistant coach. "The furthest we've ever made it was the regional title game."

For now, though, there are more important things for the Warriors to focus on - their final four regular-season games.

"It's a little hard not to get excited and look into the future. Our guys are looking online at other teams in Maryland," Distad said. "But right now, that's just a dream. It's something to shoot for, but we can't look past the present."

Boonsboro, which returned eight starters from last year's 9-7 squad, has been led this year by senior forward Jake Munson and junior forward Tyler McKenrick. Munson has a team-high 14 goals and 11 assists and McKenrick has 10 goals and a team-high 17 assists.

And they're just the tip of the iceberg. Nine other players have scored at least three goals, while junior keeper Evan Lowery has pitched seven shutouts.

"The big key for us is depth," Distad said. "We have 21 players on the varsity team, and I wouldn't hesitate to put any of them in the game."

Tuscarora still No. 1


While the Tuscarora girls finally fell from the ranks of unbeatens, losing 3-2 to Winters Mill on Tuesday, the Titans (7-1 through Wednesday) did not fall in the rankings. They're still No. 1, largely due to their convincing 5-1 win over then-No. 2 Middletown last Friday.

"We're enjoying the experience," Tuscarora coach Mark Wolcott said. "We're bound to hit some adversity, but we're enjoying it as it goes."

All in all, it's been a storybook start for a first-year varsity team with no seniors and only two juniors in its lineup.

"I didn't expect to be 7-0 midway through, but I knew we'd be competitive," Wolcott said. "We knew the quality of players that we had. While they're very, very young, they've played at the club level year-round for years. The things they've already done soccer-wise are well beyond their years.

"We think the possibilities are there for us to be successful (in the playoffs), but we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves. We're still developing our culture about how we do things from day to day, and we still need to get better."

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