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One isn't so lonely for Warriors

November 02, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - After scoring 10 goals in two wins against Smithsburg earlier this season, it may have came as a surprise to see the Boonsboro boys soccer team find the net only once in its Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinal with the Leopards.

But once was enough for the second-seeded Warriors, who downed the seventh-seeded Leopards 1-0 to earn a spot in the region semifinals against Westmar or Northern Garrett.

"I know I've said it before, but it's tough to beat a team three times in one season because they make adjustments and come back hungrier," Warriors coach Brad Distad said. "It showed tonight because earlier this year we beat (Smithsburg) 5-1 and 5-0, but this time it was only one goal that was between us."

Corey Robinson's header off a corner kick by Dan Tonetti accounted for the game's only goal just five minutes before halftime.

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"The (corner) kick came right to me on a line drive and pretty much all I could do was head it," Robinson said. "I was just in the right place at the right time."

The goal was long overdue for the Warriors, who had seven shot attempts fail during a five-minute span midway through the first half.

"We were getting some decent shots off, but couldn't quite get the ball in," Distad said. "We had some shots that just missed, so we were pleased when Corey (Robinson) scored."

One of the earlier losses in the season led the Leopards to devise a new plan at taking down the MVAL Antietam Conference champions.

"Our plan was to keep as many of our guys down at their end to play defense," Smithsburg coach Paul Newman said. "We thought by doing that we could keep the goal total low and have a chance. Anyone can win a 1-0 game, but we knew we couldn't outscore them."

The strategy worked to keep the Warriors out of the net, but left Smithsburg outnumbered on attacking opprortunities.

The Leopards' offense finally began to find some openings in the final 10 minutes of the game and had some shots at pulling even with the Warriors.

Smithsburg's best chance came with under seven minutes remaining. The Leopards floated a shot at the goal, but it was punched out by goalkeeper Evan Lowery with a dive. Lowery also blocked Smithsburg's shot off the rebound.

"I thought about catching their first shot, but I saw someone out of the corner of my eye so I had to punch it out," Lowery said. "Then I had to get back up. No matter what happens, as a goalie you always have to get back up, and I was there to get (the ball)."

ยท The Boonsboro girls matched the boys with a region quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Beall, 6-3.

The Warriors set the pace for a busy scoring night in the fifth minute.

Danielle Daughtridge scored the first of her four goals on a pass from Katelyn Patrey. Daughtridge got her second goal in the 18th minute to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

"I thought it was important to come out and get an early lead because it kept our energy level up," Daughtridge said.

The teams traded goals twice over before the half ended - Daughtridge and Sara Keyser scored for the Warriors - and Boonsboro had a 4-2 advantage.

Just like in the first half, Boonsboro raced out and scored early in the second half. Sarah Hensley sent a pass across the goal to Hannah Crosby who tapped in from 10 yards to give Boonsboro a 5-2 lead.

A Mountaineers goal with six minutes remaining cut the lead to 5-3, but Daughtridge fittingly capped the game with her final goal inside of two minutes.

"We had the lead the whole game, but we were never comfortable because that's how you get into trouble," Boonsboro coach John Burtner said. "Everyone had a good game tonight and I hope we can keep the momentum going."

The fourth-seeded Warriors will face either Williamsport or Allegany.

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