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September 21, 2013

Boys soccer: Warrior Run hands Shikellamy its first loss of year

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The Braves opened the second half more aggressive and recorded six shots, including a nice set piece for a goal to avoid being shut out.

With a free kick about 30 yards out, Seth Burk booted a high shot to the far side of the goal box. Shikellamy sophomore Brenden Stepp was right where he needed to be, jumping up and heading a beautiful ball to the far post past McWilliams to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 24:53 to play.

"He came back (to team this year) and he stepped on and hasn't missed a beat," Steese said. "Our set plays are still pretty dangerous for us. That one called up for a ball to far side and (Stepp) put it away."

About two minutes after Stepp's goal, Shikellamy had another great look when the Braves fired a shot that hit off the right upright of the goal and bounced out of bounds.

Warrior Run peppered Shikellamy's goal in the first half, recording seven shots, all but one coming from inside the 18. George had three shots in the half, including one inside the goal box, but was held without one in the second half.

"I think having a two-goal lead certainly helps you relax a little bit in the sense that you have that one-goal cushion, but, by the same token, you can't go to sleep and nurse that 2-0 lead, which is what I think we unfortunately did," Bastian said.

The Defenders nearly netted a third goal halfway through the first half when George and Konnor Sidler each had great looks from inside the goal box. George's shot bounced off Engle, and when Sidler went to fire the loose ball to the near post away from Engle, a Shikellamy defender happened to boot it away to avoid a big goal.

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