Leopards boys use Layman's terms to knock off South

September 26, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Senior striker Clayton Layman scored the game-winning goal to give the Smithsburg Leopards a 3-2 win over the South Hagerstown Rebels on Monday night in an MVAL Antietam boys soccer game at School Stadium.

Layman scored the deciding goal for the Leopards (2-4, 2-1) on a free kick from the right side in the 76th minute — seconds after the Rebels (0-7, 0-3) tied the game.

“It’s exciting,” Layman said. “I just wanted to pick the side of the goal I was aiming for and then put it in. That was my third attempt on a free kick. I was just relieved that one finally went in.”

“Clayton is really good at kicking free kicks,” Leopards coach Paul Newman said. “That was a really good example of a perfect free kick. I was very proud of the guys. We gave up that second goal with about six minutes left in the game. Then we came back and scored less than a minute later. A lot of teams would fold, if they would give up that tying goal. But we didn’t fold, we played harder.”

Junior striker Adler Garrett scored the first two goals for Smithsburg.

The Leopards got on the scoreboard first in the 15th minute when Garrett found the net from the right side on an assist by Layman.

South tied it in the 33rd minute when Jordan Dickens scored from the right side — hitting the inside of the left post — on an assist by Mason Guillory. It stayed 1-1 into the half.

The Leopards took a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute on Garrett’s unassisted goal through the middle.

The Rebels evened the score in the 75th minute when Oscar Lopez found the net on an assist by Dickens. That set the stage for Layman’s winner 24 seconds later.

Smithsburg junior goalkeeper Kevin Gibson finished with 20 saves. The Rebels outshot the Leopards 22-7 but still took the loss.

“It is an unfortunate loss,” South coach Ryan Myers said. “We deserved the game now. We had a very strong first half. We couldn’t finish our shots. I give credit to Smithsburg. With the opportunity that they had, they finished. We just could not convert on our opportunities. I am proud of the way that we fought back. It just did not go our way tonight.”

Smithsburg won the JV game 2-0. Evan Stanford and Nathaniel Craig each scored.

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