Demich, Railroaders shoot down Warriors

November 03, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. — It took 20 minutes for Brunswick or Boonsboro to record a shot on goal in their Maryland Class 1A West girls soccer semifinal Thursday evening.

Brunswick’s Dara Demich finally laid a shot on goal from about 20 yards out that sailed over top of the Warriors’ defense and struck the top-right corner of the net for the game’s only goal, lifting the Railroaders over Boonsboro 1-0.

“(Demich) charges us with her scoring,” Brunswick coach Dave Herber said. “That was her 21st goal of the season. She’s scored in every game except one.”

Boonsboro and Brunswick both had opportunities to score, but neither could capitalize on its chances. Brunswick goalie Tara Shriver stymied Boonsboro’s shots on goal as she recorded the shutout.

“The goalie play was huge tonight,” Herber said. “(Shriver) always comes up big in the big-time games. I think she thrives off the pressure.”

Just last week, Boonsboro defeated Brunswick 4-1 for the MVAL Antietam title.

“We weren’t ready for their speed last week,” Herber said. “We made some adjustments and told the girls that if we could keep the score low, we would have a chance.”

Boonsboro didn’t get off to a fast start this time.

“We just started flat today,” Warriors coach Chris Lantz said. “(Brunswick) capitalized on their one chance. We were just flat.”

The Warriors were faced with some adversity minutes into the game as Lantz was forced to change his lineup because of an injury.

“I had to shuffle some players, and that changed our approach,” Lantz said.

For the second straight season, Boonsboro’s quest for its first region title ended in the region semifinals.

“We’re losing four really good seniors, and we’ll have to try and rebuild next season,” Lantz said.


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