Barons edge Eagles in OT

By on September 9, 2015
 Cocalico’s Gavin Stark (12) is closely marked by the Manheim Central defender during Tuesday’s match. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Cocalico’s Gavin Stark (12) is closely marked by the Manheim Central defender during Tuesday’s match. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

It only took Manheim Central 36 seconds into overtime to accomplish what both the Barons and Cocalico couldn’t do during the 80 minutes of regulation play. That is, to score a goal.
Central senior midfielder Tyler Stauffer touched a pass into the center of the field just outside the 18 yard box and struck the ball with the outside of his right foot. When it landed in the left corner of the Eagles net, the unassisted “Golden Goal” gave Manheim the 1-0 victory.
The game was the first high school boys’ soccer game played on the new turf at Talon Field in Denver. And as both coaches agreed, it came down to possession on Tuesday’s 94 degree, sun-baked pitch.
“I loved the success of our spacing today,” said Baron’s Head Coach Rod Brenize. “Possession was one of the three keys that we listed today, along with being even at the end of the first half because of the wind in our face.”
“We’ve got to do a better job of keeping the ball,” answered Cocalico’s third year skipper Derek Sipe. “When you are defending for 70 minutes, it takes more energy. We’d get the ball, then give it right back.”
It did appear that Manheim controlled the ball for 75 to 80 percent of the time and the real estate on the new turf. The Barons outshot the Eagles 12-3 and out-cornered them 6-3. Manheim goalkeeper Mason Nissley was only required to make one save, that off the foot of Cocalico senior forward Mark Rabchuck, to record the shutout.
Rabchuck’s shot, with 5:40 remaining in the second half, was one of three shots that could have ended the match in regulation. The other two were stricken by the Barons, as sophomore James Bright hit the left post with 12:20 to go in the first half, while fellow sophomore Gareth Kemp blasted one early in the second half that was deflected by Eagle keeper Val Reisig.
Both coaches also agreed that the heat played a part in strategy, as the game was stopped at the midway point of both halves for water breaks.
“One of our players did not play at all in the first half, but played every minute of the second,” described Brenize. “We wanted fresh legs as much as possible in the second half and beyond.”
“Our substitution pattern changed a bit,” added Sipe. “We had to adapt as the game went on, and it was more work to defend as much as we did. In the two scrimmages and two games we have played, there has been a different level of play,” said Sipe. “We’re creating some opportunities, but we have to finish and we need to have consistent play.”
The Eagles opened the 2015 season Friday at Elco, by posting a 2-1 victory. Rabchuck and senior Matt McKinney had goals that were set up by senior Adam Miller and junior Colin Hinkley. Cocalico outshot the Raiders 6-5 despite being out-cornered 10-4.
The Eagles will get another shot at Central on September 29 in Manheim. Up next for Cocalico is Thursday’s tilt with Lampeter-Strasburg at Lampeter. Then, back home Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. to host Warwick.

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