MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The James Buchanan boys soccer team took a rather strange approach to its showdown with No. 1 Greencastle-Antrim on Thursday night.
The No. 6 Rockets elected to concede in order to succeed.
JB yielded ball control to the explosive Blue Devils and focused its attention on crowding the box to limit open looks at the goal, and it paid off as the Rockets scored a 1-0 Mid-Penn Capital upset at Rocket Stadium.
"We played well as a team within a style that minimized Greencastle's effectiveness," said JB coach Mike Dent. "We conceded a good deal of possession, obviously. And that was the intent because Greencastle is such a big, strong, fast, physical team. We figured that if we could limit the opportunities at (one-on-one) situations, it would take something away from them."
The Rockets' strategy to fall back on defense skewed the statistics heavily in favor of previously unbeaten Greencastle. The Blue Devils (7-1, 3-1) outshot JB (3-1, 2-1) 15-5 and held an overwhelming 11-2 edge in corner kicks. But Cory Zimmerman's first-half goal held up to make those numbers moot.