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October 16, 2013

Boys soccer: Midd-West blanks Selinsgrove

Seals need a win to qualify for playoffs

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- With fewer than 10 seconds showing on the scoreboard, Selinsgrove senior Kyle Davies quickly set up a corner kick with the hope someone would send it to the back of the net and tie the game.

Davies booted the ball into a sea of teammates in white jerseys, but the Midd-West defense held strong and prevented any type of shot as the final buzzer sounded.

Midd-West coach Chris Sauer no doubt exhaled a sigh of relief when the game finally ended and his Mustangs held on to defeat Selinsgrove, 1-0, in a HAC-I contest Monday afternoon.

The loss kept Selinsgrove from clinching a District 4 playoff berth with just one chance remaining.

While Sauer was generally pleased with his Mustangs, he had to sweat it out knowing a one-goal lead against the Seals isn't safe.

"We're pleased that we got the result, (and) obviously a little disappointed that we had chances to put the game away but let them hang around," Sauer said. "One of the worst things you can do is let a team like them hang in. When you have those opportunities to get up two (or) get up three goals, you need to cash in on those."

The Mustangs (11-6, 9-4 HAC-I) controlled majority of the game and had plenty of shots (14 total), but they managed to get only one past Selinsgrove's Zach Hendricks.

Trevor Stuck won the ball off a Midd-West corner and, from just a few yards away from the goal, Sebastian Callender had a great shot to the far post for the lone goal with 26:20 to play in the first half.

"It was a great turn and a great finish. ... (Callender) was where he needed to be and he got the right touch on it," Sauer said. "Seb is a really important player for us. He does so much for us in the middle.

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