The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 16, 2013

Boys soccer: Midd-West blanks Selinsgrove

Seals need a win to qualify for playoffs


"I think he was rewarded for all the hard work that he's been doing for us. We'd be in trouble without him."

The Seals (8-9, 6-7) had a handful of opportunities throughout the game to net an equalizer.

Late in the first half, Manny Little had a nice through-ball down the sideline, and had beaten the defenders. However, rather than rifling a shot with his look at the goal, the junior forward cut across the 18 and the Midd-West defense caught up to clear it away.

Early in the second half, junior Derek Menges took a shot from about 25 yards out, only to see the ball sail just high of the goal.

Not even two minutes later, Davies had a great ball within six yards and tried a shot to the far post, but Midd-West goalie Elijah Fisher dove to for a block that sent it back into play. Another Selinsgrove player tried to tap it past the near post, but had his shot just miss the goal and roll out of bounds.

"They were keying on Manny, obviously, but Manny created some scoring opportunities," Selinsgrove coach Chris Lupolt said. "It's just one of those things (where) you're hoping eventually that one of those break and we can finish on it, but that just didn't happen."

Selinsgrove ended the night with seven shots (just two on goal) and only twice managed to get a shot off from inside the goal area.

"Midd-West is a good team. They're big (and) they're physical," Lupolt said. "We're playing young kids this year and we're doing the best that we can with what we have. I think we gave them a game. That's all we were hoping for."

Selinsgrove travels to Milton (5-10) on Wednesday, and must win in order to qualify for the District 4 playoffs. Selinsgrove has not missed the playoffs this century.

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