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Boonsboro can't fill in blank to topple Knights

September 21, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Amber Smith gains control of the ball in front of Middletown's Jacky Kessler during the Knights' 2-0 victory.
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    BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro girls soccer team cruised to the Washington County championship this season, outscoring its three tournament opponents 13-1.

    The regular season has been a different story.

    The Warriors lost their third straight regular-season game Monday evening, falling 2-0 to the undefeated Middletown Knights. So far, the Warriors (3-3) have not scored a goal in the regular season, being outscored 7-0.

    The Knights (5-0) scored both of their goals in the first half. Jacky Kessler sent a wide-open cross into the top right corner in the fourth minute, and Jenna Caudle launched a one-timer past a diving Brie Springer seconds before the first half whistle.

    "We had two mistakes in the first half, and those turned out to be the difference," said Warriors coach Chris Lantz.

    Lantz knew his Class 1A team was going to have its hands full as he purposely scheduled three bigger schools to start the season: North Carroll, Linganore and Middletown -- all Class 2A and 3A schools.

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"We like playing those bigger schools, there's a reason we schedule them," said Lantz. "Those teams make us play at the top of our game, they test us, and ultimately, they make our game better."

The bigger competition didn't faze the Warriors' competitive spirit. However, that spirit may have hurt them in the long run. Penalties ended almost every scoring chance they had in the second half. The penalties led to frustration on the Warriors' sideline as Lantz was yellow-carded for comments made to the referee.

"He was calling a lot of penalties against us and not as many against Middletown, though (both teams) were playing similarly," said Lantz. "I asked him to call it down the middle. It seemed he was letting Middletown play on much more often than us."

The Warriors' JV team also fell to the Knights, 4-0.

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