The Havre de Grace boys soccer team was trying to get the proverbial monkey off its back Friday evening when the Warriors took the field at Northeast-Anne Arundel in Pasadena for their fourth straight Maryland State Class 1A Semifinal.
The Brunswick Railroaders, especially sophomore forward Vaughn Phillips, would have none of it. Phillips took care of all of the scoring in Brunswick's 3-0 defeat of Havre de Grace.
"There's no easy games in the state tournament," Warriors Coach Tom Wintz said. "These kids came out, worked hard and gave everything they have and you've got to be proud of them."
Phillips scored his first goal late in the first half on an individual effort that left him open to take a shot from 12 yards out.
Havre de Grace, meanwhile, could not crack the Brunswick defense.
The second came when Alex Eiben lofted a ball high into the box, where Phillips raced to get it. He took one touch and pushed it past Aaron Toepfer, the charging Warriors goalie, who got a hand on it, but the ball still found the goal.
In addition to the corner kicks, Havre de Grace (10-8) had numerous throw-ins inside the 18-yard box, but none yielded a true scoring shot.
The best shot came in the last two minutes when Bachu crossed the ball to Kevin Vickery, whose header was saved by Brunswick goalie Cooper Siegel. Siegel made five saves. Havre de Grace keeper Toepfer had two saves.