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Blue Devils claim win in last seconds

September 10, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI
  • Waynesboro's Zachary Dolbow tries to kick the ball as Greencastle's Kyle Crider tries chest bump the ball in the first half.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Corey Meyers' ESPN moment ended up being a silent movie.

The Greencastle-Antrim forward had the chance to live the dream of a lifetime, scoring a breakaway goal in the final 12 seconds of the second overtime on Thursday to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 victory over rival Waynesboro.

Then came the interview. Cue the sound bite.

"It was awesome ... I don't know what to say," Meyers said with a toothy grin. "I don't know what I was thinking."

He was honest to a fault.

In reality, Meyers' last-gasp dash saved Greencastle (1-1-1) from its second tie in three matches with what could be labeled as a Top Play of the Day candidate.

The Blue Devils and Indians battled through 99 minutes of a physical, intense matchup in a blustery, 20-mph wind that changed the dynamics of the match. Waynesboro cleared what most would have thought was the last offensive charge in a would-be tie.

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Cody Young picked off the clearing shot off the right sideline near midfield, and flicked it back to center of the field, in hopes to get a final shot.

The ball cleared the heads of a pair of Indians while Meyers charged in from the left side of the field. He cut in front of a Waynesboro defender while chesting the ball to gain control, which brought goalie Kris Settledge out of the goal. Settledge slipped and fell, giving Meyers an open net to hit for the game-winner.

"All I said was I got to put this in the net," Meyers said. "It just came down there and I was there. I don't know who passed it and don't know what happened."

What happened was Greencastle completed a comeback from a 1-0 deficit to claim the win. After the match's first two goals were scored downwind, Meyers popped in his goal in the teeth of the wind.

"It was a great hustle play," said Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger. "We were telling them that we have to do that. We need to win all of our home games for the playoff points. Waynesboro is a good team and they knocked the ball around a lot. We spent a lot of time chasing."

The teams spent much of the match gauging the wind. Passes and shots with the win accelerated past the endline. Pass and shots into the win, duck hooked into the ground with little distance.

"It was a little challenging," Meyers said.

Waynesboro got the 1-0 lead in the 38th minute when a shot with the wind bounced into a crowd and game out to the right of the goal, giving Jonah Smith an open look. He got Greencastle goalie Seth Sprague to make a move and fired a shot from 15 yards out into the top left corner of the net.

The Indians (1-1) nursed the lead against the wind until Greencastle got a similar opportunity with 76th minute. Greencastle had Waynesboro's defense packed back into its zone when a pass pinballed into the open over to a wide-open Taylor Kirkpatrick, who shot from about the same angle and distance as Smith's to tie the match.

The overtimes became a battle for position as Waynesboro owned an 11-8 edge in shots. It came down to that fantasy second.

"We didn't finish," said Waynesboro coach Doug Beckner. "Greencastle put a lot of pressure on us and they have been in more close games than we have. He just beat the defender on that goal ... I'm no sure what happened, but that's one you wish you had on tape to watch it all over again."

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