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Beall closes out Warriors' season

November 10, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

FROSTBURG, Md. - Unfortunately for Boonsboro's boys soccer team, Beall finally got this regional final thing right on its fourth try.

Having fallen short in the Class 1A West final at home each of the past three seasons - twice to Smithsburg and once to Williamsport - the undefeated Mountaineers wouldn't be denied in frigid temperatures Tuesday night, taking the lead in the fourth minute and adding a late insurance goal in a 2-0 victory over the Warriors.

It's a disappointing end for Boonsboro (16-2), which won Washington County and MVAL Antietam titles this season.

"It's a little tough to reflect on the season two minutes after it ends," Warriors coach Brad Distad said. "We feel like we dominated the game, we just couldn't put the ball in the net."

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Beall (16-0-1) solved that issue in the fourth minute, when a loose ball 20 yards in front of the Boonsboro goal scooted right to Adam Eshleman, whose shot beat Warriors keeper Evan Lowery to his left for a 1-0 lead.

"I think our guys were a little nervous and a little intimidated in the first 10 minutes before we settled into the game," Distad said.

Neither team put together a quality scoring chance the rest of the half, as both teams finished with seven shots.

Boonsboro had its best chance at evening the game up two minutes into the second half, when Tyler McKenrick broke down the left side and got within point-blank range.

McKenrick's shot was stopped by sprawling Beall keeper Chris Fike - one of his seven stops - but the rebound came right to Adam Dellinger, whose follow shot beat Fike high but clanged off the left post and out to the right of the goal, where it was cleared.

It was an opportunity gone for the Warriors, who failed to mount another serious threat.

"You always look back on what you could have done differently," Distad said. "But our guys played their hearts out and gave it their all."

With Boonsboro pressing forward in a last-ditch effort to tie the game late, Beall - which had several great opportunities to score in the second half - finally ended the drama in the 77th minute when Carter Dickel broke through on a counterattack, beat Lowery with a dribble and tucked the insurance goal away.

"We'll work very hard to get back here next year," Distad said. "We have a good team coming back."

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