Boys soccer: Prunty, Warriors top Rebels

September 13, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro Warriors pushed their record one game above .500 with a 3-1 win over South Hagerstown in the MVAL Antietam on Thursday evening.

The first five minutes of the game, and the final 15, had all the scoring.

The 60 minutes in between were controlled by the Rebels, but it didn’t show on the scoreboard.

“After that first goal, I felt that we really dominated time of possession,” South coach Ryan Myers said. “I didn’t think we deserved to lose that game.”

Sophomore midfielder Connor Prunty scored his first of two goals early in the fifth minute to give the Warriors (3-2) a 1-0 advantage.

After that, both defenses and goalkeepers stepped up to thwart the other’s offensive opportunities.

“South is a good-coached team,” Boonsboro coach Roy Rickerds said. “They never gave up and played hard.”

Boonsboro goalie Gregory Fiola made a few highlight-worthy saves in his five-stop effort.

He was fully extended on a diving save later in the first half, and laid out for another stop in the second half.

Not to be outdone, South keeper Joe Rohr stonewalled a Boonsboro 3-on-1 fast break and went airborne on a save in the second half. He finished with three saves.

Prunty netted his second goal in the 69th minute on an assist from Devon Fairhall to put Boonsboro up 2-0.

“(Prunty) is a workhorse and is a very good player with nice ball skills,” Rickerds said.

A little more than a minute later, Anthony Owusu scored for South (0-5) to cut the lead to 2-1 with just more than nine minutes to play.

Brady Perkins came through in the clutch for Boonsboro, icing the game in the final minute with a goal.

“Perkins’ goal sealed the deal for us,” Rickerds said. “South could have taken it down and sent it to overtime if not for that.”

Myers praised his team for competing to the end.

“They fought to the last whistle and I’m very proud of them,” he said. “The score didn’t reflect how the game was played.”

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