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Indians blank Rockets

October 01, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Evan Harkins and Jonah Smith each scored goals Tuesday night, leading No. 7 Waynesboro to a 2-0 win over James Buchanan.

Harkins scored a goal with 29.3 seconds remaining in the first half. Smith put the finishing touches on the win with another tally with 17:12 remaining.

"It was quite a defensive battle. We didn't play as well as we did against Northern last night (a 4-1 victory), but we got some things accomplished," Waynesboro coach Doug Beckner said. "Evan and Jonah haven't scored much this season. It was good seeing them contribute with goals."

It was a physical game with both teams having numerous scoring opportunities.

Waynesboro (7-3-2) had 26 shots, just nine on goal, and kept the pressure on James Buchanan goalkeeper Ryan Lum the entire evening.

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"We were aggressive and played hard. I like that, but we had too many errant shots, though," Beckner said.

"The defense was definitely the key to the victory and (senior goalkeeper Michael Mowen) did another outstanding job. He has played well all season."

James Buchanan coach Mark Troupe said Harkins' goal at the end of the first half was crucial.

"That was very deflating. We were matching them to that point," said Troupe of the Rockets (6-6). "We played aggressive in the first half and had them shut out but then they scored late. Two of our players slipped and they took advantage, give them credit. I always preach to the kids that the last five minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half are very crucial."

With less than a minute left in the first half, there was a scramble for the ball in front of the James Buchanan net and Harkins was able to slip the ball past the goalkeeper.

Then, in the second half, Smith made a beautiful move in front of the net and scored the insurance goal.

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