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Boys soccer: Blue Devils blank Indians

September 10, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Greencastle-Antrim boys soccer team earned its first Mid-Penn Colonial victory of the season Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Waynesboro.

The Blue Devils (2-1, 1-1) took the game to the Indians defense early, getting five breakaway opportunities in the first half and finishing on two of them. Junior midfielder Jacob Kline broke loose in the 15th minute to score on a 22-yard one-timer to the left corner of the net. Eleven minutes later, Kline fed a pinpoint cross to a streaking Ian Rohrbaugh, who finished with a little poke to the right corner.

“Those are opportunities that you have to capitalize on against Waynesboro. They’re not going to stop playing,” said Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger. “We did a good job breaking it down, but Waynesboro did a good job picking up the intensity in the second half and maybe outplayed us a little.”

Greencastle spent most of the first half on Waynesboro’s side of the field, but the roles were reversed in the second. The Indians (1-3, 1-2) were the aggressors in the final 40 minutes, however the Blue Devils defense kept them at bay.

Waynesboro’s best chance to score came in the 63rd minute with a scrum in front of the net, but defender Jared Spoonhour turned the shot away. Both teams ended the game with 14 shots.

“(Waynesboro) had some good shots, but I don’t think they were very dangerous,” said Gelsinger. “We played hard the whole game.”

“I think we responed well to the first half,” said Waynesboro coach Brian Stum. “That’s kudos to the kids. Once they face adversity it can be an uphill battle, but they did not let up.”

Despite the sustained intensity and good play by its defense, Waynesboro has had a power outage since its 2-0 season-opening victory against Big Spring. The Indians have now lost three games in a row, all by shutout.

“We’ve been having trouble finding our offense,” said Stum. “It seems that every time we get a clear look, someone gets just enough foot on it to turn it away. Greencastle did a good job responding to what we wanted to do. We’ll keep working on it in practice.”

Greencastle goalie Josh Ehko finished with eight saves. His counterpart, Ben Lochstampfor, finished with six.

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