Warriors defend crown

September 25, 2005|By DAN KAUFFMAN

It's unclear whether Boonsboro striker Tyler McKenrick has a nose for the ball, or the ball just has a way of finding McKenrick. Either way, the Warriors reaped the rewards in Saturday's Washington County boys soccer tournament final at School Stadium.

McKenrick had a hat trick by halftime and added a fourth goal as insurance in the final minutes, wreaking havoc on the middle of a Williamsport defense hurt by Scott Mummert's vacancy as Boonsboro repeated as county champion with a 4-2 victory.

"I just try to do everything possible to get to (the ball) and get a touch on it," McKenrick said. "I was trying to get everything possible on goal, in the hope it goes through."


"(Tyler) has a passion for the game you rarely see in a player," Warriors coach Brad Distad said. "He works hard, has a great attitude and never quits. ... Half the time Mark (Connelly) is feeding the ball to Tyler, and the other half Tyler is feeding the ball to Mark. It just happened the balls all went to Tyler this time. Next time, they might all go to Mark."

In a brilliantly played first half by both teams, Williamsport (4-2) struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when midfielder Matt Oliver sent a sensational diagonal pass up the middle to Phil Jordan, who converted on the breakaway.

"We just tried to keep our heads," McKenrick said. "We had some opportunities before that, and we just needed to finish our shots. We knew it wasn't over, we knew we'd have more opportunities."

McKenrick got one in the 17th minute, as a long throw-in found him amidst the congestion in the middle of the field, and he put it into the back of the net to tie the game.

McKenrick scored his second goal in the 27th minute when another loose ball in the middle of the field found his right foot. The Wildcats answered in the 34th minute when Oliver was left unmarked at the far post and he headed in a cross to make it 2-2.

Five minutes later, as the half was drawing to a close, McKenrick won another ball in the middle of Williamsport's defense and converted again to give Boonsboro (5-0) a 3-2 halftime lead.

"Missing Mummert at left back, that's a loss you can't replace," Wildcats coach Carlos Reyes said." No doubt about it. The second and third goals were what you'd call lucky goals, and (Mummert) knows to watch for those (situations).

Boonsboro's defense limited Williamsport to one shot through the first 30 minutes of the second half, but the Wildcats had several opportunities in the final 10 minutes.

Warriors keeper Evan Lowery made three point-blank saves down the stretch, including two in the span of two seconds in the 73rd minute which helped lead to McKenrick's fourth goal two minutes later.

"You know they're going to find some way to get shots off and keep the pressure up," McKenrick said. "Evan did a great job. I don't know how he got to some of their shots."

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