Defense key for state teams
No matter the class size, there’s usually one thing every team in the state soccer tournament has going for it.
Teams don’t get to November by allowing many goals and it’s usually a big part of the reason most state playoff games aren’t high scoring or lopsided. Of course there are exceptions, mostly in first round games, but for the most part the next two weeks will feature tense games that are often decided by one or two chances.
The teams from Montgomery Media playing in the state soccer tournament have proven their worth defensively.
In the 4A boys’ bracket, Tuesday’s first round meeting between CB West and La Salle will pit a pair of top-notch defenses against each other. The Bucks have allowed 19 goals all season while the Explorers have given up just 12.
Both of those sides are led by excellent goalkeepers in La Salle senior Brett Werner and CB West junior Dylan Smith. Werner, who has committed to La Salle University, combines size, wingspan and athleticism while Smith is equally quick and commands his box with presence. Each team has only given up more than two goals in a game once this season.
“He’s been very active off his line recently,” La Salle coach Tom Mccaffrey said of Werner. “That’s the Brett we’ve come to expect. I think early in the season he was a little tentative about it but he worked at it and figured things out. He does a really good job controlling the box and on restarts. He’s huge for us.”
Archbishop Wood, which faces Manheim Central in the 3A boys bracket, had given up just 16 goals this season, so the Vikings
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