Lions Boys Soccer Falls to Brunswick In Overtime
by Pat Sichette
The varsity boys’ soccer team had a challenging opponent on Wednesday. The Brunswick Railroaders returning 1A state champions was a formative opponent for the Lions.
“We beat them last year, so I’m pretty confident in our ability to win” Senior and Captain TJ Metcalfe acknowledged me before the game.
Walkersville started with the ball but was shortly possessed with the attacking Railroaders, who ran a pressing offense and tried to attack the goal quickly. The Lions defense was on their heels as the Railroaders pressed possession after possession. The Railroaders attacked the goal and scored their first goal with 20 minutes on the clock. After that goal the Railroaders pressed even harder, taking shots, maintaining possession of the ball and scored once again with 7 minutes left in the half. Towards the end of the first half the Lions finally came together, they maintained possession for the final minutes and got a few looks and shots on goal.
Going into the half Senior Aaron Reeder said “we needed to improve our work rate, and start winning 50/50 balls.
At halftime the Lions were in the same situation they were in last year. Down at half but can come back and win if they play great soccer just as they did last year.
At the beginning of the second half Walkersville came out confident with momentum and it seemed as if the tides had changed, the Railroaders were playing timid and on their heels just as the Lions were in the first half. The Lions scored their first goal with 23 minutes on the clock by Junior Garrett Allen which gave Walkersville confidence.
Then with 6 minutes left with the game coming to a close the Lions scored an “absolute firecracker” goal off of a PK (penalty kick) by sophomore Spencer Shortt, which tied the game 2-2 and brought it into overtime. Overtime was short lived as the Railroaders scored off of a corner kick 40 seconds into overtime.
The Lions look to improve and learn from their mistakes of this game.