Pennsylvania stars take Maryland out of circulation

November 19, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Public Opinion should consider turning its boys soccer all-stars into newspaper carriers.

They always deliver.

The Public Opinion's Pennsylvania team beat The Herald-Mail's Maryland squad 4-1 Thursday night for its third straight victory in the third annual Four Diamonds Senior All-Star Game at Rip Engle Stadium.

Mercersburg Academy accounted for half of Pennsylvania's scoring as Eric Rahauser and Matt Diller each had a goal.

"It was weird to come in and play with a bunch of guys we never usually play with, but we did fine," said Rahauser, who scored in the 33rd minute to break a 1-1 tie. "It was great. It's for a good charity and it was a fun way for us to put a close to the season, to compete against the best guys in the area."

For the third straight year, the event raised more than $1,000 for the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Fund.


"We accomplished all our goals," Waynesboro coach and event director Steve Tanner said. "And it was an entertaining game."

The Public Opinion, a 1-0 winner each of the previous two years, went up 1-0 in the 10th minute. After Herald-Mail goalkeeper Kevin Brashears, of St. Maria Goretti, swatted away a 30-yard shot by Greencastle's Adam Haldeman, Waynesboro's Ben Bostic scored from 8 yards out on the follow-up.

Four minutes later, Grace Academy's Jordan Hanft tied the game 1-1, using his dribbling skills to move the goalie out of position and capitalizing on his 15-yard shot.

Rahauser's goal gave Public Opinion a 2-1 halftime lead. It remained a one-goal match until the closing minutes. Shalom Christian's Tony Eckenrode scored in the 76th minute, and Diller completed the scoring in the 80th minute to make it 4-1.

"It was closer than what the score was," Rahauser said. "But I thought we were the better team."

The Pennsylvania team had a 14-9 advantage in shots.

"It was an easy game to coach. We had a lot of talent," said Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger, who guided Public Opinion. "Our team just passed the ball around and did a nice job.

"It was just fun to see the talent from both states compete against each other. Maryland brought a lot of kids who can play."

The Maryland squad, comprised of All-Washington County players, didn't seem overly discouraged by its third straight setback.

"You always play to win but, hey, we had fun," Boonsboro coach Brad Distad said. "Everybody got to touch the ball, and it was for a great cause. For the seniors, it was fun for them to get out there one last time."

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