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'Roaders pay back Leopards

October 24, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

BRUNSWICK, Md. -- The Brunswick boys soccer team upset Smithsburg 2-1 Thursday in the opening round of the Maryland Class 1A West tournament.

"We beat them, 6-1, and they didn't like it," said Smithsburg coach Stan Wade, referring to an earlier matchup this season.

Brunswick (2-10-1) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half Thursday and then held off Smithsburg (7-7-1) in the final 40 minutes.

The Leopards closed to within 2-1 midway through the second half on Phillip Weller's shot from the left side -- on a beautiful assist from Steve Kretzer -- and then nearly tied it in the closing minutes of the game.

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Zach Carson's header from 10 yards out hit the top of the crossbar and sailed out of bounds -- much to the frustration of the Smithsburg coaching staff and players.

"A game of inches," Wade said. "The shot barely missed."

Brunswick dominated the first half and received goals from Thomas Golian and Shawn Baker to grab a 2-0 advantage.

Baker sent the ball to Golian on a corner kick in the seventh minute and then took things into his own hands, scoring the eventual game-winner in the 33rd minute.

"They played with more intensity and team focus then they showed in our first meeting," Wade said. "We didn't get the job done in the first half -- very passive, they beat us to the ball too often. I thought we worked hard in the second half, but we just couldn't get it done."

Wade added, "We dug ourselves a deep hole and it was tough coming back. I liked the effort in the second half."

Brunswick had 15 shots on goal and Smithsburg had 11.

Brunswick's Ryan Anderson had five saves, and Smithsburg's Brett Toms had nine saves.

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