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MAHS boys soccer rolls past Harrisburg, 12-0

By Mitch Spear, Special to the Press & Journal
Posted 9/7/17

The Blue Raiders kicked off the season with expectations of duplicating the successes enjoyed in 2016, and the hope to returning to the postseason.

The Raiders’ preparations that took place …

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MAHS boys soccer rolls past Harrisburg, 12-0

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The Blue Raiders kicked off the season with expectations of duplicating the successes enjoyed in 2016, and the hope to returning to the postseason.

The Raiders’ preparations that took place in the preseason were evident in their dominating season opener — a 12-0 rout of the Harrisburg Cougars on Friday.

The Blue Raiders showed balance, depth, and a total team effort, with 12 players contributing on offense and 10 players scoring goals.

The Raiders began the scoring when Derek Miller joined the attack from the left back position and crossed the ball to David Alcock far post. Alcock’s first touch found the foot of Joey Spear positioned centrally a few yards out from goal to put the Raiders in front.

The second goal came off a corner kick when Jacob Spear found Donovan Brady who neatly provided the assist to Nate Nelson. Nelson found some space in a quality shooting lane and wasted no time to bury the ball in the back of the net doubling the Raiders’ lead.

The third goal of the contest was also off a set piece that was executed just like a corner. The cross from Jacob Spear was sent far post to the airborne Alcock who did well to head the ball inside the near post.

Goal four came unassisted from Anthony Lavia. Lavia read an attempted pass from the Cougars near the halfway line where he intercepted the ball and continued to dribble the ball about 30 yards out from the Cougars net. Seeing the keeper come off his line, Lavia shot the ball over the reach of the keeper and under the crossbar.

Mason Garza was next to score for the Raiders when the Cougar netminder failed to parry the ball outside the 18 yard line off a previous corner kick.

The Raiders finished the first half up 6, when Thomas Einolf (unassisted) took a beautifully placed shot that bent around the Harrisburg’s net minder just inside the post.

The second half was played much like the first, with the majority possession in the Raider’s offensive half.

Goal 7 was the fifth resulting off a set piece. The short corner was crossed from Einolf to Alcock who once again achieved separation from his defender and scored his second header of the game.

The Raiders scored again to make it 8-0 when the Cougars goalie looked to quickly distribute the ball and accidentally rolled the ball to Middletown’s Griffen Meyer thinking he was his left defensive back. Meyer, confident on the ball, took a few touches before calmly shooting the ball beyond the stretch of the keeper.

Two goals from Tommy Lee and a goal each from Zeryab Ibrahim and Erick Aidoo rounded out the scoring for the Raiders.

Raiders’ goalkeepers Tommy Lee and Avery Williams combined for four saves.

Middletown returns to action at War Memorial on Tuesday and Saturday. They will play host to Trinity (JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7 p.m.) and McDevitt (varsity at 10 and JV at 11:30 a.m.) respectively.

They play on the road Thursday, Sept. 7 against East Pennsboro.

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