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Warriors learn the hard way

September 22, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO -- The MVAL Antietam schedule can't begin soon enough for Boonsboro boys soccer coach Brad Delauter.

The Warriors completed a brutally difficult four-game stretch against out-of-county opposition on Tuesday when they hosted unbeaten Middletown. The Knights were in top form and put on a clinic in an 8-1 victory.

"The midfield control, the first touches, you don't see soccer like that in this county," Delauter said.

Boonsboro (0-6) has been outscored 23-2 against Linganore, North Carroll, Francis Scott Key and Middletown. The Warriors gave up at least six goals in three of the four games.

"We knew we would take it on the chin a little bit. We're hoping to bring a little more against our county brethren," said Delauter, whose Warriors open MVAL Antietam play at South Hagerstown on Thursday. "If you're not playing better competition, you're not improving yourself."

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The Knights (5-0-2) scored five goals in the first 22 minutes en route to a 5-1 halftime lead, and added three more goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half.

Daniel de la Riva had three goals and an assist, and Luke Welch added two goals and an assist to lead Middletown's attack. David Sullivan had a goal and an assist, Hayden Pond and Mason Frank had a goal each and Ryan Hohl added an assist.

"We need (our defense) to push up because that gets our midfield up and then we can start overlapping and getting some things going," Delauter said.

"We need to work on communication. We have two or three guys committing to one pass and that leaves two other guys wide open."

The score would have been even more lopsided had Paul Jordan not made a handful of difficult saves -- including a diving stop of Pond's penalty kick in the 14th minute. Jordan finished with nine stops.

"P.J. came up big a couple times, real big," Delauter said.

Kenny Kopp jumped in front of a Middletown pass in the Knights' backfield and broke in on goal, slotting his shot into the right side in the 28th minute for the Warriors' score.

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