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Boys Soccer: Hedgesville shuts out South

September 27, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown boys soccer coach Ryan Myers chose to look at the positive side.

Considering his club absorbed a 5-0, non-league drubbing at the hands of Hedgesville in the rain Thursday night, that wasn’t the easiest thing to do.

“Hedgesville has a good team. They’re well-coached, and they’re a Triple-A school,” said Myers.

“In the first half, we were only down by two on an unlucky penalty and an own-goal. We played them pretty even.”

The second half, however, was a slightly different story. The Eagles scored three times within the first 10 minutes to all but put the game away.

“Our lack of energy and enthusiasm did us in in the second half,” said Myers. “That third goal (of the game) really took the wind out of us.”

Meanwhile, the Rebels (1-7) could get nothing going offensively, taking just seven shots.

The Eagles (9-4-1) got off to a quick start in the second half, scoring in the game’s 43rd minute when Sebeey Chi lofted a shot from 30 yards out over the head of South keeper Joe Rohr.

Just two minutes later, the Eagles made good on their second penalty kick opportunity when Skip Coleman found the left corner of the goal beyond Rohr’s diving save attempt.

In the 50th minute, Enzo Calendrea’s 25-yard shot floated just under the crossbar for the 5-0 advantage.

“We lack team speed,” said Myers, “and when we failed to recognize their speed, it killed us in the second half.”

As has been the Rebels’ problem in previous games this season, Hedgesville was able to get on the scoreboard early, when Coleman used the lower left corner of the net on the Eagles’ first penalty kick of the game.

Rohr was able to stop the third Hedgesville penalty kick midway through the second half.

Hedgesville’s second goal of the game occurred when a crossing pass deflected off a South player past a surprised Rohr at the net.

“This was a good test for the boys,” said Myers. “This should help prepare us for the end of the season, and the playoffs.”

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