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Rivalry game brings out Gelsinger's best

October 12, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle striker Treavor Gelsinger hates losing - especially to rival James Buchanan.

Gelsinger made sure he did not have to experience that feeling, scoring two second-half goals to guide the Blue Devils past the Rockets 3-1 on Tuesday at Kaley Field.

"This is a big game every time we play (JB)," Gelsinger said. "I hate losing to them. No one wants to lose to their rival."

Greencastle (12-2-1) held a 1-0 advantage at halftime thanks to an Evon Wiestling goal in the 27th minute off a corner kick by Cory DeMaster. It was one of seven corner kicks by the Blue Devils, compared to just one for the Rockets (7-7).

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Gelsinger joined the scoring act in the fifth minute of the second half. He took a pass from Allan Lehman off his chest and past the defender, and booted it into the net to raise the lead to 2-0.

"We talked at halftime about coming out and not letting up," Blue Devils coach Scott Gelsinger said. "Sometimes we can get away from the way we like to play, so we wanted to come out and keep it going."

Treavor Gelsinger tacked on his second goal 12 minutes later, again breaking free from his defender and pushing a shot past JB goalie Aaron Lynch.

"Treavor is very valuable to us because he sees the field very well," Scott Gelsinger said. "He's always out there making plays - whether he's scoring or passing."

"He's a very tough player to defend," Rockets coach Bobby Bard said. "He's got the whole package. I have to give him props for the kind of player he is."

Greencastle's three-goal lead was a comfortable one for all of 24 seconds, as the Rockets answered behind the junior tandem of Dion Lehman and Zach Bachtell. Lehman took a pass from Bachtell and fired it into the goal to close the gap to 3-1.

The goal was a relief for JB, which had narrowly missed on several shots - either missing just wide or just high.

"There were at least three shots that were barely wide," Bard said. "It's frustrating when you see them so close to going in."

Greencastle goalie Tyler Myers kept the Rockets frustrated, turning away several quality shots, including a key stop before halftime that maintained the Blue Devils' lead. The diving Myers was nearly parallel with the ground in stopping Zach Hampson's blast.

"I was sure that shot was going in," Bard said. "I thought to myself, 'that's in,' but their goalie just came out of nowhere."

JV: James Buchanan, 3-1.

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