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Devils still can't win in the playoffs

October 28, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The individual accolades keep coming Treavor Gelsinger's way.

The Greencastle-Antrim junior striker - a 2004 Pennsylvania All-State and Herald-Mail All-Area first-teamer - recently was named the Mid-Penn Capital Division Player of the Year for the second straight season.

None of that mattered much to him Thursday night at Kaley Field.

"I'd much rather go far in districts than get all that," Gelsinger said.

He'll have to endure another year of individual honors before he and the Blue Devils get another shot at districts.

Jared Gadd scored a goal in the 37th minute and defending PIAA District 3 Class AA champion Hershey blanked Greencastle 1-0 in the first round of the district playoffs Thursday.

It was Greencastle's first time in districts since 2003 and fifth overall. The Blue Devils still are waiting for their first playoff victory.

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"I don't know," Gelsinger said. "We just have to get the first one off our back, then I think we'll be good. ... I think we'll be good next year."

Led by Gelsinger's area-leading 75 points (27 goals, 21 assists), the Blue Devils were plenty good this year, entering districts with a 16-2-1 record and the sixth seed in the 16-team tourney.

"They're a high-powered team with a lot of weapons," said Hershey coach Jeff Rosensteel, whose Trojans (15-5-1) were seeded 11th. "And Gelsinger is definitely a player. I see why he got all the goals and assists that he did."

But he didn't get any against Hershey, the only team this season to shut out Greencastle, which came in averaging 4.6 goals per match.

The Trojans outshot the Blue Devils 7-3 in the first half, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.

"I told the players at halftime that we weren't putting any pressure on them," Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger said.

He couldn't tell them that at the end of the night as the Blue Devils outshot Hershey 14-3 in the second half and finished with a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

"Their defense was pretty tough," Treavor Gelsinger said, "but we had a ton of opportunities that we should have been able to finish."

"We were right there by the post. We just couldn't stick it in the net," Scott Gelsinger said. "As a coach, you're just hoping one finally goes in and then you score two or three."

That's how it usually works for Greencastle, but not at districts.

"We're not just happy to be in districts," Scott Gelsinger said. "We're right there to win these games. That's what we have to set our sights on."

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