Warriors' Prunty makes Rebels pay the penalty

September 15, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • South Hagerstown's Brayden Tiner, top, challenges Boonsboro's Josh Haden (13) in the air during Thursday's MVAL Antietam boys soccer match at School Stadium.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Eighty minutes of regulation wasn’t enough time for Boonsboro or South Hagerstown to earn an MVAL Antietam boys soccer victory Thursday night.

Two overtime periods were needed to decide the game, and freshman Connor Prunty sealed the 2-1 victory for Boonsboro with a penalty kick in the second overtime.

“I’m used to taking penalty kicks,” said Prunty, who has three goals in that fashion already this season. “I felt a little sketchy about this one, though, because it was a stressful game and we really wanted to win.”

Prunty lined up to take the penalty kick for Boonsboro (1-2, 1-0) in the 95th minute — the fifth minute of the second overtime — and sent the ball to the back right corner of the goal to end the game.

Boonsboro coach Michael Long and his staff have been waiting for Prunty to enter high school because they knew he was a special player.

“We’ve been waiting on Connor to get up here. He plays at a high level,” Long said. “We knew once he came up, he would solidify our midfield.”

Despite the win, Long still has some facets of the game his team needs to work on.

“We need to finish,” Long said. “We controlled possession, but couldn’t finish. That’s the difference between a good team and a great team.”

Boonsboro broke the scoreless tie in the ninth minute when a deflected shot by Charles Anoman trickled into the back right corner.

South (0-4, 0-1) had two chances to equalize. Brayden Tiner failed to score on his own penalty kick midway through the first half. Later, K.B. Ofosu-Ameyaw had a 1-on-1 chance with Boonsboro goalie Devin Bellerive, but didn’t quite get enough of the ball and Bellerive made the easy save.

Ofosu-Ameyaw didn’t whiff on his next scoring opportunity, as he rifled a shot to the top left corner from about 20 yards out to tie the game at 1 three minutes before halftime.

JV: Boonsboro, 5-2.

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