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Press photo by Linda RothrockConner Grabfelder and Evan Parker look to steal the ball during a recent game against Allen. Press photo by Linda RothrockConner Grabfelder and Evan Parker look to steal the ball during a recent game against Allen.

Boys get a win over BC

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

Last Friday’s night soccer game versus Bethlehem Catholic was a prime of example of the old sports adage that no one should ever give up on a play.

It came to life early in the first half when Anthony Snyder came bursting through midfield and fired a shot toward the goal which was initially stopped by the diving Golden Hawks’ keeper. With the keeper on the ground, the ball squirted loose allowing Snyder to possess it again. He briefly dribbled toward the net before unleashing a tough-angle shot. A Hawk defender slid into the goal to try to prevent the score, but the ball caromed of him, bounding behind him for the 2-0 lead.

“One of the biggest things our coach teaches us is to never give up,” said Snyder. “As you can see throughout our season we’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve been taught that no matter how hard we fall to just keep going. So that kind of motivated me there.”

Head coach Ryan Brazuk said that one of the tactics that they focus on is pressing the ball and never stopping.

“When the ball’s coming toward someone, make sure you always go at it,” said Brazuk. “One, the kid might panic, and two, you might get a lucky bounce.”

He said that never stopping is something he ingrains in them.

“Always keep going,” he said.

Snyder, who had scored on a free shot to make it 1-0 at the 29:17 mark of the first half, said that negotiating that tough angle is something he’s dealt with before during his four-year varsity career.

The goal extended their lead to 2-0, and it was part of a five-goal barrage that gave the Kids the shutout win on senior night.

Snyder said he’s had great experiences with every varsity team he’s been a part of throughout his career.

“They’ve all been great,” he said.

Snyder’s first goal was a low shot against a taller keeper. Attacking the goal with a low shot was a decision Snyder made after observing their keeper during warm-ups, making mental notes of his style.

“I noticed that’s he’s not good with low balls, and tends to fumble it,” said Snyder.

Brazuk said that they needed to win against the Hawks to keep their postseason aspirations alive. He said that the team is well aware of the urgency, and took it upon themselves to get it done.

“It was really important today that we played together,” said Brazuk. “We played together; we played fast; we high pressed, and we did it.”

With the team 4-6 after the win versus the Hawks, Snyder said that they just need to keep winning. He said that last week’s game against Liberty, who was undefeated heading into the game, was a tough loss; however, he was proud of the way they played. They lost 2-1 to the Hurricanes who’ve already qualified for the district tournament.

“I think from now on we’re going to be a great team.” said Snyder.

Brazuk said that all seven seniors contributed to the win against the Hawks, with seniors Joesph Tiwold, Colin Werkheiser and Snyder scoring goals.

“That was awesome to see,” said Brazuk.

He said the atmosphere on Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium was electric, and it was great way to honor those seniors, including Cole Clapp, Evan Parker, Brady Rimple and Andres Yunez.

Snyder said that they need to win at least six of their next nine matches. That means “stealing” one from Emmaus, Whitehall or Parkland. He said that after their effort against Bethlehem Catholic, he definitely sees them capable of accomplishing that feat.

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Meanwhile, the girls posted some big wins in recent games, beating Allen 9-0 and Becahi 7-2.

Against the Canaries, Abbi Czarnecki and Isabella Nota each scored two goals while Alex Benedict posted three assists and Hanna Werkheiser scored a goal and two assists. Kylie Gilliard had a goal and an assist in the win.

Payce Korpics, Raine Korpics and Madelyn Geisner also scored goals for the Kids.

Olivia Vajda and Madison Gower each made a save and Miranda Heffelfinger stopped three shots.

The girls got off to a hot start vs. Becahi before posting a 7-2 victory. The Kids scored three in the first half and then outscored the Hawks 4-2 in the second half.

Seven different girls scored for the Kids: Abbi Czarnecki, Raine Korpics, Isabella Nota, Hannah Werkheiser, Madison Eisenhart, Miranda Heffelfinger and Raygen Beck.

Assists went to: Abbi Czarnecki, Alex Benedict, Kylie Gilliard, Isabella Nota, Kyleigh Straub and Julia Minnich.

Olivia Vajda made 10 saves in net.