Sabres push Friends to limit, but fall short

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with 19 con­fer­ence points, per mi­aas­, while the Sabres (10 points) are tied with An­napo­lis Area Chris­tian at fourth place.

The Sabres, how­ever, are tied with the Quak­ers at only eight goals al­lowed across seven games for both sides, sig­nal­ing the di­vide be­tween the top and the mid­dle may not be too far off.

“Over­all, this con­fer­ence, ev­ery team in it can knock any­body off,” Sts. Peter & Paul head coach G.R. Cannon said via a tele­phone in­ter­view Fri­day evening. “Any­time, any­body is 5-0 to start the year, you’re go­ing to give them some credit.

“I thought it was a very winnable game,” Cannon added. “I think they were a lit­tle more for­tu­nate; we also hit a post, so, over­all, I’m pleased with the courage that [we] showed, but, at the end of the day, not pleased with the re­sult, if that makes many sense.”

The Quak­ers scored the game’s lone goal Fri­day when a serve from Owen McManus trick­led through un­cred­ited, two Sabres play­ers col­lid­ing at the back post dur­ing the 25th-minute of play.

The Sabres’ Ja­son Reyes went on a long run in the sec­ond half for his team’s best score, split­ting — ac­cord­ing to Cannon — “six to seven de­fend­ers” and then earn­ing a penalty kick once be­ing checked in the box.

Ai­dan Ryan took the penalty kick, and the Quak­ers’ Liam Cullen stopped it go­ing to his right. Friends soft­ened the cov­er­age there on out and went into pre­vent mode, and never did al­low the equal­izer.

“It was a fan­tas­tic run,” Cannon said of Reyes. “He got him­self into the box and the guy def­i­nitely fouled him.

“We’ll see them again,” Cannon added. “It was a good game by two very strong teams.”

The Sabres have scored a very mod­est 10 goals in the seven games this sea­son, which ranks them sev­enth among nine B schools. It was the sec­ond straight game Sts. Peter & Paul was shut out and the third time over­all.

Cannon cited a new-look of­fense, fea­tur­ing play­ers playing on the at­tack for the first time, as the ma­jor cat­a­lyst be­hind the low goal to­tals.

Ryan, Nathan Bid­dle, Henry Schindler and a bevy of play­ers off the bench are among the play­ers be­ing fea­tured on at­tack.

“I feel very, very good about the group,” Cannon said. “I think we’re in a strong po­si­tion to push on in the sec­ond half, and I think we’ll get our just award.

“I will that we need to get stronger when tak­ing our chances, whether it be a PK, whether it be a set piece, a lit­tle more com­po­sure,” Cannon added. “All in all, I’m very happy about the group. I think we’re playing well, but this con­fer­ence is very dif­fi­cult.”

Wal­ter Mor­ris filled in ably for ace se­nior goal­keeper Nathan Shafer, who was out with a knee in­jury.

GIRLS’ SOCCER Kent Is­land 9, Colonel 0 STEVENSVILLE — The Buccaneers moved to 2-2 over­all and 2-0 in the North Bay­side with the shutout of Colonel Richard­son. {div}McKen­zie Mo­gel (as­sist) led the way with a hat trick while Ken­dall Em­brey scored two. Fiona Mul­li­gan (two as­sists), Kylie Mars­den (as­sist), Casey Smith and Grace Schilling (as­sist) each found the net once. Biggs Helfen­bein dished two as­sists, and Jor­dan Grard and Mada­lyn Messer­smith passed for one apiece. Colonel fell to 3-2, 2-2.

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North Caro­line’s Tyler Bauer looks for run­ning room af­ter a hand­off from quar­ter­back Cody Pep­per dur­ing the first half Fri­day evening against Queen Anne’s.

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