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East Juniata boys soccer frustrates Southern Columbia eb route to 4-0 shut out

East Juniata 4, Sourthern Columbia 0

SC 0 0 – 0

EJ  1 4 – 4


First half

EJ – Jake Brackbill from Levi Brubaker, 32:25.

Second half

EJ – Brackbill unassisted,  33:20.

EJ – Gannon Ryan unassisted, 2:04.

Shots on goal – EJ 15, SC 3.

Corners – EJ 11, SC 1

By Kenny Varner

COCOLAMUS – After a half of defensively dominating their opponent, the East Juniata boys soccer team wore down their Southern Columbia on the offensive side in the second as it finished with a 4-0 shut out in the District 4 Semifinals.

“The EJ boys came out with a strong physical effort in the 1’st half.  Possession wasn’t quite what we would like, but the defensive 

pressure, the quality marking and winning 50/50 chances were consistent all evening,” said East Juniata coach Cory Fronk. “Brackbill made the most of some free kicks that found their way

to his feet as well as an assist developed by Cade Brubaker.  Jake is good in the air and knows how to find the ball in the 18 area.  Once he gets 

it, he is hard to cover in there.  Hopefully we can continue to add to the things that worked in this game and carry some momentum into

the next match.”

In the first half, the Tigers were able to put a shot through off the foot of Brackbill, making it 1-0 at 32:25.

The Tigers backline was stingy as it refused to give any solid looks at the net. When the first half came to end Southern only managed three shots at the goal.

But coming out of the half, the Tigers offense began to roll while its defense secured the goal area.

At 33:20, Brackbill updated the scoreboard with another goal at the 33-minute mark, leaving a little space between them and their opponent.

Frustration started to set in for Southern as they saw their chances of winning started to dwindle.

East Juniata continued to put the pressure on defensively, continuously leaving Southern empty handed.

In the later part of the game, the Tigers got the ball once again to scored on another Brackbill. Brackbill sent it home, extending the lead to 3-0.

East Juniata added a late goal en route to the 4-0 victory.

In the shots on goal department, East Juniata outshot Southern 15-3. They also led in shots on goal by a 11-1 margin.

East Juniata goalie Andrew Hunter had three saves on the day.

The Tigers will go for the title Saturday as they travel to Millville at 7pm.

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