In­di­ans host ri­val Tigers to open soc­cer play­offs

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

The 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion I boys’ soc­cer tour­na­ment will be­gin with a head-to-head bat­tle of two Ce­cil County ri­vals Thurs­day night.

Fourth-seeded North East hosts Ris­ing Sun, the tour­na­ment’s fifth seed, at 6 p.m.

The meet­ing will be a re­match of a con­test played just 15 days ear­lier, when the Tigers (4-8) earned a 5-2 home vic­tory. Ris­ing Sun led 3-0 at half­time be­hind two first-half goals from Jared Ed­mund­son.

The In­di­ans (4-7-1) pulled within a goal af­ter the break thanks to goals by Brad Hub­bard and Oliver De­bris only a minute apart, but the Tigers tal­lied the game’s fi­nal two points.

Ris­ing Sun com­peted in the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion for a con­sec­u­tive year, while North East was a mem­ber of the Susque­hanna.

The win­ner of Thurs­day’s game will ad­vance to face top-seeded Elkton on Tues­day.

The Golden Elks en­joyed a 9-2-1 record while only drop­ping and ty­ing one lower-divi­sion game.

Elkton de­feated both Ris­ing Sun and North East in the reg­u­lar sea­son. More re­cently, the Elks topped the In­di­ans 1-0 on Oct. 10. Elkton fresh­man Jake Bosler, who has put im­pres­sive scor­ing num­bers all sea­son, buried a penalty kick with less than 15 min­utes to play to de­liver his team the vic­tory.

Bosler also scored a goal dur­ing the Elks’ 2-0 win over the Tigers on Sept. 15. Se­nior Serebe Ka­jube also found the back of the net for Elkton in the open­ing half.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Con­nor Rowe will lead the North East boys’ soc­cer squad against vis­it­ing Ris­ing Sun in the open­ing round of the 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion I Tour­na­ment on Thurs­day.

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