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BOYS' SOCCER: Susquehannock tops Garden Spot to move to District 3 Class 3-A quarterfinals

DICK VanO'LINDA
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  • The Susquehannock boys' soccer team earned a 3-1 win over Garden Spot on Monday.
  • The victory advanced the Warriors to the District 3 Class 3-A quarterfinals.
  • David Muriel-Diaz, Ben Wilson and Zach Buchanan scored Susquehannock's goals.

GLEN ROCK — Susquehannock's players and coaches knew better than to pay much attention to the seeds heading into the District 3 Class 3-A Boys' Soccer Tournament.

Susquehannock's Jason Weger back kicks the ball with Garden Spot goalkeeper Matthew Good making a save under pressure from Garden Spot's Kyle Willwerth in District 3 soccer action at Susquehannock Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

On paper, the second-seeded Warriors were favored over 15th-seeded Garden Spot, but Susquehannock head coach Brett Maxwell expected a stiff challenge from the Lancaster County club.

"Last year, they (Garden Spot) came into the tournament at 6-9-2, and they ended up defeating Hershey in the first round," Maxwell said. "They're a tough 15 seed."

Garden Spot proved that by playing Susquehannock to a 1-1 standoff through the first 51 minutes.

The York-Adams champions, however, weren't going to let an outstanding season come to a close on their home pitch.

The Warriors scored two goals within a minute of each other to record  a 3-1 victory and move into the quarterfinals. Susquehannock (20-1) will take on seventh-seeded Manheim Central (11-5-2) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at a site and time to be determined. Manheim Central won its first-round contest, 2-0, over 10th-seeded Cocalico.

Susquehannock's Brendan Wilson and Garden Spot's Cole Hornining fight for a loose ball in District 3 soccer action at Susquehannock Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

Susquehannock's Ben Wilson snapped the tie in Monday's match-up when he scored from in close at 18 minutes, 12 seconds of the second half.

Zach Buchanan then sealed the deal when he burst down the left side and ripped a shot from a tough angle into the upper part of the net.

Jason Weger, who assisted on Susquehanock's first goal (by David Muriel Diaz) also supplied the assist on the second one.

"It (the ball) hit off David's head, it then hit off my head and went straight to Ben, and he put it in," Weger said.

Josh Smiley began the pinball-like sequence with a throw in.

"After the second goal, we had the momentum rolling," Weger said. "We just kept going and put that third one in."

Susquehannock's David Muriel-Diaz and Garden Spot's Matthew McCormick vie for possession ball in District 3 soccer action at Susquehannock Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

Muriel-Diaz began the scoring with a goal at the 35:24 of the first half.

Garden Spot's Nathan Nguyen tied the score when he successfully converted a penalty kick at 29:22 of the second half.

The Spartans, though, weren't able to get any other shots past Warriors' goalie Grant Kaifer.

"This is the start," Wilson said. "We're not done yet. We'll be playing for a while." .

The victory was especially sweet  for Weger and the other seniors who want to keep practicing and playing as long as they can.

"We knew going in that this was our last season, and we wanted to come out and make it the greatest," he said. "We ;practice hard, and it carries over into the games."

Garden Spot finished 7-11.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

Susquehannock's Ben Wilson controls the ball with Garden Spot's Nathan Nguyen defending in District 3 soccer action at Susquehannock Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Bill Kalina photo