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.