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Leopards start fast for victory

September 22, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Smithsburg's Haroon Pasha gets past Boonsboro goalkeeper Devyn Bellerive during Thursday's MVAL Antietam boys soccer match.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Early and often.

An adage used by some coaches to broadly describe their game plan was in full effect Thursday night, as Smithsburg’s boys soccer team scored four goals in the first 15 minutes on its way to a 5-2 victory over rival Boonsboro.

“We’ve had some trouble starting fast this season,” Smithsburg coach Paul Newman said. “We put emphasis on that during practice and warmups, and it paid dividends.”

The Leopards (1-3, 1-1) spread the wealth in their victory, as five different players scored a goal.

“Four new players scored for us tonight,” Newman said. “We tell the players that it’s better to play as a team rather than individuals.”

Smithsburg wasted little time gaining an edge, as senior Haroon Pasha scored in the third minute off an assist by Adler Garrett.

Two minutes later, junior Connor Brown launched a shot from 40 yards out that found the left corner of the goal to put Smithsburg up, 2-0.

Boonsboro (2-3, 1-1) needed some time to straighten things out after coach Michael Long was forced to change his starting lineup before the game.

“We lost three starters before the game started,” Long said. “We passed the ball well, but it just took us some time to get adjusted to the new lineup. ... We had four players out of position, but after the first few minutes, we played pretty well.”

A goal by Nick Porter — listed on the official roster as a goalkeeper — in the seventh minute, and one by senior captain Clayton Layman in the 14th minute gave Smithsburg a 4-0 advantage before the teams even broke a sweat.

Freshman Connor Prunty put the Warriors on the board in the 26th minute and assisted Brandon Redman in the 55th minute to cut Smithsburg’s lead to two.

Nate Remond scored in the closing seconds for the Leopards to cap the scoring

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