Bohemia Manor came into Monday’s soccer matchup on the turf at Calvert Regional Park mired in a three-game losing streak, but had a plan to upend an undefeated Elkton squad sitting at 7-0. Robby Messick’s goal from outside the 18-yard line early in the second half was all the Eagles needed to give the Golden Elks the first blemish on their record for the season in a 1-0 loss.
“We are always taught you aren’t going to score if you don’t shoot. We coudn’t get into the 18 easily and get a clear shot. We just had to keep trying in different ways. We tried everything we could to give us more chances on goal,” said Messick. “So, I got the ball and had space and I took it and hoped for the best. It ended up in the corner.”
The defensive efforts on both sides of the ball meant no true open shots for either side during the matchup, but the 0-0 halftime score seemed give Bohemia Manor momentum as Elkton was out of sorts offensively.
“We have played a lot of great teams and played one good half and then lose it in the second half.This game taught us that we just have to keep it together the whole game,” said Messick. “We learned not to lose our momentum and keep it together as a team. It feels great to beat Elkton, I’ve never beaten them. It is an unreal feeling.”
The win brought Bohemia Manor Coach Tyler Tulowitzky full circle as a former Bo Manor player and now coach. “The last couple games haven’t been going the way we wanted. We got away from what we were doing early and we went back to what we did at the beginning of the year,” said Tulowitzky, celebrating his first win against Elkton as a player or coach. “We had a big talk and we just decided to come together as a group. Today everyone committed to the team and what we were trying to do.”
In assessing his team’s best chance for a win against Elkton, Tulowitzky chose to focus on the Golden Elks precocious freshman forward Jake Bosler. “We have been looking at how they were producing goals and we knew it was Bosler. We took one of our best defensive players, who doesn’t usually play defense, and put him in the middle of the field and said shut him down and mark him all game,” said Tulowitzky. “The main goal was to shut him down and then the back four just working as a group. It is a good win and we can only enjoy it for a short time and then get back to work. Then we have to look at what we did in this win and keep doing it.”