Golden Elks edge Indians on Bosler’s late penalty kick
Special to the Whig
— Second chances don’t occur often, but the Elkton boys were thrilled to get one.
Freshman forward Jake Bosler unofficially hit the back of the net twice for the Golden Elks, but only his second penalty kick
actually counted. That was the difference in the visitors’ 1-0 Susquehanna Division win over North East on Monday night.
Premium scoring opportunities were hard to come by given the chilly air and soggy field, but Elkton (8-1) got the big break when Bosler was tripped up inside the box with 13:49 left to play. He nailed his first penalty kick with ease, but he was forced to re-kick when a violation was called on one of his teammates. He aimed for the same spot to the left of goalkeeper Tyler Copen, and ball zipped by a diving Copen to finally end the scoreless stalemate.
“Just do the same side because he thinks I’m going to the other side,” Bosler said about his rekick. “We’re not an amazing firsthalf team, but our second half was a lot better.”
The victory was key for a Golden Elks squad with a postseason berth in its sight, and it was also the Elks’ fifth shutout of the season.
“Any county win is big for us,” Elkton head coach Josh Marley said. “They’re always scrappy, they’re always close. We’re really organized in the back and the guys did a good job of keeping their shape, tracking runners and marking up when they needed to.”
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, and several players frequently found themselves facedown on the slippery grass.
Possession continued to elude both sides in the second half, though by the end of the game, Elkton led in shots on goal 9-1.
North East (3-5-1) pushed hard in the final minutes, getting the ball into the box several times, but the Elkton defense managed to clear the ball every time. Indians head coach Mark Kalwa praised his players’ performance on senior night against a team that entered with just one loss.
“Knowing we were playing on a slippery field, we just had to contain them,” he said. “I thought we played pretty solid across the back and the midfield. We had a lot of chances but we just couldn’t put the ball in the net. It’s unfortunate it was decided by a penalty kick, but this was really the best game we’ve played all year.”
Marley said he was glad to see his players pull out a win on a difficult night.
“It was just one of the games where we didn’t have it,” he said. “We grinded it out and got away with a 1-0 win, so we’re happy with the result.”