Mechanicsburg tops Manheim Twp. 1-0 in District playoffs

In the second round of the District 3-AAA playoffs two things remained the same for the Wildcats. First of all, David Strausbaugh again got an assist, giving him three in the postseason. It might be the stat that gives a player the most glory, but it is the stat that gives the teams goals and wins. Second of all, the Wildcats might only need one goal each game.

With the aforementioned goal, Mechanicsburg took a 1-0 win over Manheim Twp. to keep moving in the District 3 tournament.

The lone goal in the contest came at the start of the second half when Alex Panuccio took a pass from Strausbaugh to give the Wildcats the win.

It was a clear case of quality beating out quantity. Mechanicsburg might have produced the only goal, which in the end wins the game, but they did only have five shots through the contest. On the other side of the ball, Manheim continued to pressure Mechanicsburg throughout the game forcing 14 shots.

Another telling stat was Manheim Twp.’s five corners to Mechanicsburg’s zero, which, in most cases, results in goals. Credit goes to the Wildcats defense which might have struggled to stop scoring chances, but forced the Blue Streaks to take shots they wasn’t comfortable with, and give their keeper easy saves.

BRETT R. CROSSLEY, For The Patriot-News, November 06, 2009 5:27 p.m

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