Buskell, Elks shut out Tigers in boys’ soc­cer


Spe­cial to the Whig

— The way Elkton’s Ja­cob Buskell was mov­ing around the box all game, it was like he was say­ing, “I dare you to kick it at me.”

The Golden Elks’ sopho­more goal­keeper notched 10 saves and a shutout, as the hosts blanked vis­it­ing Ris­ing Sun 2-0 on Thurs­day night.

“We’re usu­ally a sec­ond­half team, but we just put it to­gether both halves,”


Buskell said. “It was a tough game, but we felt we had bet­ter strength. This was one of our goals, to beat Ris­ing Sun.” The Tigers dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and tempo but watched help­lessly as shot af­ter shot flew wide, high or into Buskell’s hands. Not even a penalty kick with 10 sec­onds left in the game got them on the board.

Ris­ing Sun could have eas­ily been up two or three goals be­fore Elkton (3-0) scored. Sopho- more Lo­gan Smith charged the net by him­self early in the first half, but Buskell timed his ap­proach and dive per­fectly. A few min­utes later, Buskell saved two shots in a mat­ter of sec­onds, as the first de­flected off his body and right to a Tigers player. Buskell has just enough space and stretch out and block the sec­ond shot.

“I was very sur­prised,” Buskell said with a laugh. “I knew I had a tip on the first one, but I was lucky enough to be able to jump up and get on that ball.”

Golden Elk se­nior Serebe Ka­jube re­warded his keeper’s ef­forts in the 25th min- ute. He got the ball off a de­flec­tion from a de­fender and booted it into the net for Elkton’s first goal. It was Elkton’s only shot on goal in the half.

The Tigers (2-2) con­tin­ued to push through the rest of the half but came up empty.

“We em­pha­size hold­ing shape and play­ing good team de­fense, and they came out and did that,” Elks head coach Josh Mar­ley said. “They played well, es­pe­cially with the pace Ris­ing Sun pushed. I’m proud how they hung in there and rolled with the punches.”

The Elks be­gan to wres­tle pos­ses­sion away from Ris­ing Sun in the sec­ond half, and it paid off with 13:51 left. Fresh­man for­ward Jake Bosler, who was of­ten sprint­ing all alone in en­emy ter­ri­tory dur­ing the game, shook his de­fender down the right side and fired a laser into the net.

“Jake Bosler is a very tech­ni­cal player for his age,” Mar­ley said. “He’s very poised and very ma­ture. That was prob­a­bly his sev­enth goal al­ready in three games. He means a lot to our team and plays a big role, es­pe­cially (be­cause) we don’t have a lot of depth.”

Elkton’s de­fense clamped down even more in the clos­ing min­utes. Ris­ing Sun out­shot the vic­tors 10-5, which was lit­tle con­so­la­tion.

“If you look at the num­bers as far as ball con­trol, as far as shots, we were way above them,” Tigers head coach Ken Ul­rich said. “They were park­ing the bus back there on us. It’s frus­trat­ing, but I don’t think the score de­fines how good a team we are.”

The Golden Elks are mak­ing a state­ment early as they look to build their win­ning streak.

“This is def­i­nitely a step­ping stone for our pro­gram,” Mar­ley said. “We haven’t beat Ris­ing Sun in a while, so we’ve got to take this and run with it. It’s only up from here hope­fully for us.”


Per­ryville’s Erin Mur­phy serves dur­ing the Pan­thers 3-0 sweep of vis­it­ing North East on Thurs­day.

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