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Waynesboro breaks out with goal and win

September 14, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - After being held scoreless in the first two games of the season, members of the Waynesboro boys soccer team started wondering whether its offense was ever going to score a goal.

"A lot of guys were starting to question some things on offense," Waynesboro coach Steve Tanner said. "We just couldn't score."

On Tuesday night against East Pennsboro, Nick Adams proved they could. With 14:07 remaining in the first half, Adams took a pass from Chris Arendt, beat his defender and scooted the ball past the Panthers' goalie, leading Waynesboro to a 1-0 victory at Indian Stadium.

"I took a step to the inside and saw I had a shot at the goal," Adams said. "I wasn't really going for speed on the ball. It was more about placement."

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"Usually in that situation (Adams) is probably going to pass the ball, but he saw an opening and took it," Tanner said.

Meanwhile Waynesboro (1-1-1), which added a fourth fullback to its formation following a 4-0 loss to Shippensburg in its season-opener, played sound defense for the second straight game.

"We changed our formation dramatically after losing to Shippensburg," Tanner said. "They were beating us on defense, so we switched from three fullbacks to four."

Indians goalie Zach Settlage shored up the defensive performance. Settlage recorded only seven saves, but came out of the goal to stop several scoring opportunities for the Panthers. Settlage sometimes had to battle through a crowd of East Pennsboro defenders to snag the ball and end the scoring threat.

"He really takes a beating out there," Tanner said. "You might not see his name in the statistics all the time, but he prevents a lot of things from happening."

"It's a huge relief to score and to win," Adams said. "That first win always takes off the pressure. Hopefully it helps us get going."

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