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Opportunistic Blue Devils have blast in rout of Rockets

September 15, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The first two minutes of the Mid-Penn Capital boys soccer showdown between Greencastle-Antrim and James Buchanan on Thursday night couldn't have been much worse for JB.

The Rockets failed to capitalize on two scoring opportunities and had their starting goalie knocked out of the game in the opening minutes as Greencastle posted a 7-2 victory at Kaley Field.

Out of the faceoff, James Buchanan pushed past the Blue Devils' defense and had goalie Jon Zook isolated, but the shot sailed high.

The Rockets (2-3, 2-3) had another opportunity just over a minute later when Cory Zimmerman took a pass from Kris Potter and was one-on-one with Zook, but he made a bad dribble and the ball rolled into Zook's hands.

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"We had two goal opportunities to start the match," Rockets coach Mike Dent said. "Had we finished one or both, it might have been a different story."

In between the shots on goal, JB goalie James Nardi was involved in a collision and was knocked out of the game. Nardi was playing in his first game since suffering a mild concussion last week.

Ryan Lum entered the game in place of Nardi and Greencastle (5-1, 3-1) scored three goals within 3 1/2 minutes and stunned the Rockets with a 3-0 lead. Two of the goals could have been defended, but Lum was out of position on one and dropped the second.

"Ryan Lum did not play like Ryan Lum," Dent said. "He had just played an entire JV game and it's difficult to play in that situation. He's normally a much better keeper than that."

Mac Frederick scored the first of the goals on an assist from Evon Wiestling with 37:40 on the clock. Wiestling followed with another pass to Frederick, who shot into the hands of Lum, but the ball fell to the ground and was followed up by Treavor Gelsinger for a 2-0 lead. Gelsinger scored the third Blue Devils goal unassisted with 35:10 left in the first half.

"(Gelsinger) is a dynamic player," Dent said. "He changes the complexion of that entire team. We have one or two of our best athletes on him and he just has the athletic ability and skill to get past them."

James Buchanan cut the lead to 3-1 on a goal by Zimmerman, but the Blue Devils answered with a goal by Jordan Springer at the 29:13 mark.

Brandon Bard and Gelsinger exchanged goals later in the half, making the score a 5-2 at halftime.

Gelsinger extended the lead to 6-2 just 29 seconds into the second half.

"Right now, the guys are just looking to get the ball to (Treavor)," Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger said. "They know if they get it to his feet, he's going to do something with it."

Springer scored his second goal and the Blue Devils' seventh on a kick from about 35 yards out.

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