Barons start season with two wins
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
For both Manheim Central freshman Kale Landis and coach Rod Brenize, last Friday marked a little bit of history.
Landis notched his first-ever varsity goal.
And Brenize collected his first career win as Central’s boys soccer coach in the Barons’ 4-1 victory over Donegal in their non-league opener in Manheim.
Jon Hershey, Damon Crouse and Evan Pfoutz also scored for the Central boys, giving them a balanced attack in the win.
"The first goal of the 2013 season was scored by a freshman, which was great to see. We had four different players score goals, which is also great to see," Brenize said. "I was thrilled with that, to be honest with you. We knew Donegal from last year and we knew what they were bringing to the table and we knew who their better players were and we kinda didn’t let them beat us. We played our game, we did the little things well, we man marked well, we were trying to play the ball back, not only just vertically up the field. I thought that our forwards played really well."
The forwards were certainly involved in the Barons building an 8-1 advantage in shots in the opening half when they took control of the game with a 2-0 lead at the half. For the game, they outshot the Indians by a 14-1 margin. Logan Kready picked up the win in goal for Manheim Central.
Eventually, on the Barons’ second penalty corner, Colin Brubaker’s blast caromed off the crossbar and the rebound went to Landis, who deposited the ball past Indians’ keeper Colin Mowrer (10 saves) to give the Barons a 1-0 lead with 14:40 to go in the half. Overall, Manheim Central had a 7-1 advantage in corners.
"First of all, he’s quick," Brenize said when asked about Landis’ talents. "He’s a freshman, but he’s about six feet tall and pretty big for a freshman, really, really quick and he has the ability to come off the bench and provide us a spark – hound the ball in the back. You always want guys who can finish and to find a freshman who can finish … I don’t think anybody has too many guys who can finish for you. So to find Kale, that was really encouraging. He really enjoyed it, but to the team, we really got a big lift from his play."
A little more than eight minutes later, Crouse made a nice touch pass to Hershey, who was breaking down the left wing and scored to double the Barons’ lead with 6:10 to go.
"He just snuck it past the keeper on the near side and I was very glad for him," Brenize said.
The Barons were just inches away from going ahead 3-0 with about three minutes left in the half, but junior Logan Crills’ rocket nailed the right post behind Mowrer and stayed out of the net.
Later, with 10:21 elapsed in the second half, Pfoutz did, in fact, give the Barons a three-goal lead and then Donegal’s Shade Foreman spoiled the shutout at the 69:01 mark. Jordan Fry added an assist.
Leading 3-1 in the final 10 minutes, Manheim Central added an insurance goal courtesy of Crouse, who connected with 6:26 left to set the final margin of victory.
The Barons were able to capitalize when one of Donegal’s top players, junior center back Mitch Gochnauer, carried the ball up field on a counter-attack. Manheim Central regained possession and was able to capitalize.
"(Mitch) is a really good player, I mean, really good and as soon as he came out of his position, we were immediately trying to attack where he was," Brenize said. "His family is friends of ours and he’s a really good guy. It was somewhat bittersweet to see a friend on the other side, but I knew how good he was."
On Tuesday, the Barons carried the momentum from that win into their league opener against Cocalico and proved dominant in a 4-0 shutout of the Eagles in Denver.
Mason King led the attack for Manheim Central with a pair of goals, helping his team build an 11-4 advantage in shots. The Barons also had six corners, to Cocalico’s two.
Crouse and Tanner Brenize added Central’s other goals, while Logan Crills chipped in with a pair of assists. Hershey and Pfoutz also had helpers in the win and Kready needed to make just one save for the shutout.