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Percentages work for Devils

April 05, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa - Many would consider a 90-percent success rate awfully good in just about any subject, but it simply wasn't good enough on the soccer pitch.

Kayla Meyers saved 90 percent of the shots fired at her by the Greencastle girls soccer team, but the two that got past her dealt short-handed James Buchanan a 2-0 setback on a blustery Tuesday afternoon.

While Blue Devils coach Keith Yohn was pleased with the win, he was not pleased with his club's inability to take advantage of more scoring opportunities, hitting on just two of 20 shots on goal.

"We need to calm down in front of the goal and pass the ball more into the net," said Yohn. "I need to help them develop a sense of control in front of the net."

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Chelsea Wolff appeared to be in control, getting the assist on both goals for Greencastle (2-2).

Wolff found Laura Smith wide open in front of the net in the 16th minute to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead.

In the 55th minute, it was Kaytie Johnson who took Wolff's pass and fired a shot beyond Meyers' outstretched left arm for the final margin of victory.

With superior team speed, Greencastle beat the Rockets to most of the 50-50 balls and managed to outrace the JB defense on several breakaways.

"We're not as athletic as almost any other school," said JB coach Terry Appleby. "We have great kids, but we just lack some soccer sense."

It didn't help that the Rockets were forced to go with a makeshift lineup, with five players out of action due to injuries and illness, including last year's leading scorer.

"I have five starters not playing," said Appleby, "and the way it looks right now, I'm not sure we're going to get any of them back (this season)."

James Buchanan managed just three shots on goal for the game.

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