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Laney strikes back, beats West

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Call it the five-minute rule.

“It’s a standard rule in the soccer business,” West Brunswick High School soccer coach Tripp Smith said, “that five minutes after a goal is scored, you should be on your game, because the chances are another one is going to get scored in those five minutes—whether it’s you or whether it’s the other team.”

West failed to do that, and the result was a 4-2 loss to the Laney Buccaneers in the conference game Sept 18.

Laney was able to take advantage of a West defense playing without injured starter Brendan Powell.

“We played a bunch of people back there tonight,” Smith said. “It was not very organized at times. But that’s probably because we had to do some moving around.”

But the goals by Laney—the second within minutes of West’s first goal—was unacceptable to Smith.

“We have to do a better job than that,” he said. “We got a little excited.”

Laney controlled the first 10 minutes, and Trojan goalkeeper Logan Tripp made one of his best saves with 22 minutes left in the half when he dived to his to right to stop a shot and then controlled the rebound as a Buccaneer forward was about to kick the ball.

West missed a scoring chance two minutes later when it was unable to convert on a corner kick.

Tripp got some help from his defense with about 15 minutes left when Casey Leonard leaped to head the ball from the box. But five minutes later, Laney scored after a breakdown in the West defense and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Trojans scored quickly in the second half. Four minutes into the half, John Mendoza headed into the goal a throw-in from Joshua Cortes, tying the score.

One minute later, Laney scored.

West quickly had two chances to tie. The first was on a pass from Mendoza to Gilberto Gonzalez on a breakaway, but the pass was inches wide of Mendoza. The second came on a shot by Chandler Inions, but the Buccaneer goalkeeper stuck out his left foot and kicked the ball clear of goal.

The Trojans tied the score on one of their prettiest goals of the season. Jesse Mayo broke in from the right and crossed the ball to Christian Iwankiw at the back post. Iwankiw was guarded, but he passed the ball to an unguarded Gonzalez in front of the net, and he tapped the ball past the goalkeeper. The goal tied the score 2-2 with 25 minutes left.

Tripp kept the score tied with 19 minutes left when he made a save and scrambled to control two rebounds.

But four minutes later, Laney scored. And two minutes later, Laney scored again in taking a 4-2 lead.

The loss dropped West to 0-3 in the conference, 6-3 overall.

“It’s the best conference game we’ve played so far,” Smith said. “The first two conference games we played, we didn’t play very well. This one was much better. I’d feel better if we won, but it’s much better than what we’ve been doing.”

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In the junior varsity game, West played Laney to a 0-0 tie.

“It was one of the best defensive games we have played all year,” coach Steve Nagy said. “We were a little intimidated by their aggressive play, especially the freshmen. We did not back down.”

Austin Jenkins had seven saves.

“Greg Hensley and Alex Humbert have really shored up our defense,” Nagy said.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.