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September 1, 2012

High school boys soccer: Mustangs bounce back for consy win

MIDDLEBURG — Just prior to kickoff in the nightcap of Saturday’s ninth annual Midd-West Boys Soccer Classic, a manager for the Mustangs accidentally knocked over a cooler of water.

If the Midd-West fans were concerned that it was a bad omen, they needn’t have worried. If anything, it was a sign of the deluge to come.

Colton Keister scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart early in the first half, and the Mustangs scored three more in a 5-0 romp over Loyalsock at Sports Boosters Athletic Park.

“With our guys, there’s just something about being home under the lights,” Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said. “It gets their juices flowing a little bit more. We wish we could play all night games for that reason.”

The Mustangs (1-1), who missed the playoffs last season for the first time in program history, lost earlier in the day to Athens. The Wildcats — who ended up winning the tournament after also topping Loyalsock — were outshot 19-3 but still managed to score a golden goal for a 1-0 victory.

“After the (Athens) game ... their heads were down,” Sauer said. “They were definitely disappointed. But we knew we had the second game to prove to themselves that they have what it takes.”

Ty Ross, Devaughn Johns and Tyler Arbogast also scored for the Mustangs.

Midd-West outshot Loyalsock 27-3 and garnered 12 corner kicks while not allowing the Lancers (0-2) any.

“We have the potential to play really attractive soccer,” Sauer said. “We said that the only thing we lacked was the finish in the first game.”

Ross started the scoring in the seventh minute when he took a long pass from Austin Good at midfield, dribbled in with a Loyalsock defender shoulder to shoulder, and then blasted it home from the 18.

Keister made it 2-0 just four minutes later. He got the ball inside the 18 on a nice cross from Andrew Sassaman, and then knocked it past keeper Louis Comfort for the goal. Keister was displaying his skills again less than a minute later, heading in a corner kick from Arbogast by the near post for a 3-0 lead.

“It was a really great ball from (Arbogast),” Keister said. “I was just trying to win the ball.”

That would be more than enough scoring for the Mustangs, who took that 3-0 lead into halftime. Johns put the scoreboard operator to work again in the 64th minute. Arbogast then completed the scoring when he tapped home a rebound after a deflected shot by Keister.

“Keister knew what we needed in that game,” Sauer said. “He was brilliant in the first half.”

Keepers Austin Hockenbrock and Elijah Fisher each had one save for Midd-West.

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