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Sebald gets her kicks for Maidens

May 02, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro girls soccer team regularly attempts penalty kicks during practices. And each Maiden who misses is told by head coach Bryan Flickinger to run sprints.

It's no surprise that senior Sam Sebald has yet to run a sprint. Sebald went 2-for-2 on penalty kicks Tuesday night and Waynesboro won its 15th straight game, edging rival Greencastle-Antrim 2-1 at Rip Engle Stadium.

Sebald sent both shot attempts untouched past Whitney Nave, the Blue Devils' agile goalie.

"Sam doesn't miss in practice," Flickinger said. "She painted the net on both of her kicks. And facing a goalie as good as (Nave), we need them."

Sebald spends most games anchoring Waynesboro's defense, but the transition to penalty-kick specialist has been a smooth one.

"With our defense, we play up high," Sebald said. "So, we're going forward and running ahead, so it's not that different."

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Just as they did in their April 12 showdown with the Blue Devils, the Maidens fell behind 1-0 in the first half.

Chelsea Wolff lined a direct kick from 25 yards past Maidens goalie Camelia Montoy in the 18th minute to give the Blue Devils the edge. But Waynesboro had an immediate answer. Less than two minutes later, Jenna Lininger collided with Nave inside the goalie box. The penalty set up Sebald's first attempt, which she slid through to knot the game at 1-1.

"It's kind of weird," said Greencastle coach Keith Yohn. "In the last game we got a lead and they came right back on us and they did it again tonight."

Sebald's second successful opportunity came after a high leg by a Greencastle defender against Waynesboro's Katie Staubs and the Maidens forged a 2-1 halftime lead, which it preserved.

"Anytime a game is close at halftime, whether we're winning or losing, I like our chances," Flickinger said. "We make it a point to make our conditioning second to none so we still go hard in the second halves of games."

Close as it was, the game had the potential to be a blowout as the Maidens outshot Greencastle 26-6 and held a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. Some of the shots were simply pushed wide or sailed high by Waynesboro attackers. Others were turned away by Nave, who had 12 saves.

Senior Night got even better for the Waynesboro seniors when it was announced that the Maidens will play at least one more home game. Waynesboro (15-1) travels to play Gettysburg in its regular-season finale Friday, but will host Lower Dauphin or Hershey in the opening round of the Mid-Penn playoffs.

By clinching a .500 record last week, the Blue Devils (7-5-1) earned at least a play-in game for a spot in the playoffs, according to Yohn.

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