Elks cap­i­tal­ize on scor­ing chances to elim­i­nate Tigers

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN


— 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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