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Boonsboro freshman Grove introduces herself to Williamsport with two goals

September 27, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Emily Cronise, right, tries to keep Williamsport's Lauren Weicht from advancing the ball on Tuesday during the Warriors' 3-0 victory.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — It didn’t take long for freshman Michaela Grove to find acceptance on the Boonsboro girls soccer varsity.

A couple of goals in a key game will help with any needed introduction.

Grove claimed her spot on the Warriors’ roster in her second varsity game by scoring two unassisted goals to lead Boonsboro to a 3-0 victory over Williamsport on Tuesday in a MVAL Antietam soccer game.

“She is really a pleasant surprise,” Boonsboro coach Chris Lantz said. “We expected her to contribute, but not like she did tonight. We pulled her up because of injuries. She filled in nicely.”

Grove ended the scoreless battle in the 25th minute when she moved down the middle and connected for her first goal.

“I’m really happy,” Grove said. “I wasn’t expecting it. It was basically a reflection of the defense. I was getting in the right place at the right time. We did really well. We stepped up our intensity for the entire game. It was awesome. We worked the ball well and kept things under control.”

Grove followed it up in the final two minutes of the half with her second goal to give Boonsboro a 2-0 lead.

Abby Duncan scored in the final seconds of the half on an unassisted goal from the right side of the field to give Boonsboro (4-3, 2-0) a 3-0 halftime advantage over Williamsport (4-4-1, 1-1-1).

It was all the Warriors needed as they settled for a scoreless second half to wrap up the victory.

“Our pressure on the ball was relentless,” Lantz said. “We were able to find mismatches. The girls are realizing that we need to show up and play at a high level in every game. We need to come in every game prepared to face a quality opponent. We need to continue to build off of the wins.”

The Warriors outshot the Wildcats, 12-4.

Williamsport goal keeper Julia Price had nine saves.

“The first half was just a big letdown for us,” Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno said. “I don’t think that we played the way that we know how to play. Mentally, we just made too many mistakes. Chris Lantz teaches the game how it is supposed to be played. When you have a good teacher and players that can execute, it is as simple as that.”

JV: Boonsboro, 2-0 (B: Alex Green, Hannah Meiklejohn goals each).

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