Elks capitalize on scoring chances to eliminate Tigers
— Scoring opportunities didn’t come frequently for the Elkton boys’ soccer team, but when they arose, the Golden Elks found the back of the net.
Top- seeded Elkton defeated visiting Rising Sun 2-0 Tuesday to advance to the 2A East Region Section I boys’ soccer final.
“They definitely saw more of the possession and that made things a little more difficult for our defense, but I thought they played really organized,” Elks coach Josh Marley said. “They kept their shape and we were able to prevent some of those hits. Some of those, we didn’t and they were just a little off target, so we got a little lucky on that aspect.”
The Tigers had a pair of scoring chances in the game’s opening 20 minutes, but both shots went wide right. Elkton took a 1-0 lead at the 16:06 mark of the first half on a header by freshman midfielder Jonathan Erreguin.
“That was really important. They were controlling the run of play and we score completely against the grain, that helps a lot going into halftime,” Marley said. “It was against the run of play, but it gave us a little cushion to make some adjustments for the second half.”
Rising Sun had two more shots on goal before the end of the half, but was once again unable to finish either.
“At halftime, we said we weren’t worried. The first said that we were outshooting them 4- 1. I hate to say this, but sometimes the team with the better talent doesn’t always win,” Tigers coach Ken Ulrich said. “If you looked at the game and not the scoreboard, you’d think we were killing them. There’s nothing we can do about that. Unfortunately, you have to put the ball in the net to actually win.”
The second half began in a similar fashion, with Rising Sun controlling possession and the scoring chances. The Tigers’ best look came on a free kick to the right side of the penalty box with 7:36 remaining when a rebound opportunity was blocked by an Elkton defender.
Elkton freshman Jake Bosler doubled his team’s lead with 5:35 left in the contest.
“I think we controlled the game, but hat’s off to them. They have a couple guys that are dangerous and it cost us. Bosler and Serebe [Kajube], who I’ve known since he was 10-years-old, are incredible players,” Ulrich said. “Both teams I thought played with a lot of character tonight. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t finish.”
Elkton then turned it attention to Fallston.
“The players really want it. They’re working hard and they’re really focused,” Marley said. “We set some goals in the beginning of the year and now working toward accomplishing some of them.”
Note: Elkton’s sectional final game vs. Fallston finished after press time.
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