The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 31, 2013

Boys soccer: Shikellamy opens year by shutting out Southern Columbia


Southern Columbia struggled setting up plays as the Braves defense often was too quick and broke up anything before it developed and routinely kept the Tigers offense out of scoring position.

Not one Southern Columbia shot came from inside of the penalty area.

"Their back line played solid all day. The formation they were playing back there -- basically dropping their two center defenders back ­-- we were trying to get the ball outside (or) we were trying to go over the top," Southern Columbia coach Dave Hall said. "They were doing a very effective job, plus they're quick; they got speed back there. Whenever we try to get the one-on-one break, they were faster. They have nice speed back there, and they played very well as a unit."

Early in the second half, Southern Columbia had a strong chance to tie the game up with about 30 minutes remaining. Southern Columbia senior Nate Mitchell lined up for a free kick right on the 18-yard box line and drilled a great shot to the right corner of the net. However, Shikellamy goalie Justin Engle dove and made a fantastic stop to hit the ball away.

The Braves had two solid opportunities before their second goal to increase their lead.

Seth Burk took a free kick about 10 yards deep behind the penalty area, but just went wide left of the goal. About a minute later, Tristan Brosious attempted a shot off a pass from five yards behind, but missed just right of the goal.

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