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Boys soccer team shut out by Queen Anne’s in 2A state semis
By AJ MASON
BEL AIR The Patuxent boys soccer team will now have time to reflect on another great run this season.
That run came to an end on Friday night as Queen Anne’s of Queen Anne’s County was just too much for the Panthers in a 4-0 shutout in the Class 2A state semifinals at Bel Air High School in Harford County.
Queen Anne’s (15-0-1 overall) and head coach Randy Capshaw became the first Mid-shore team to earn a trip to the state championship since 1997.
“Patuxent possessed well, but we just didn’t allow any clean shots tonight,” said Capshaw, whose team recorded its 10th shutout of the season. “Our defense stayed in front of the ball and controlled the pace. This is a special group of boys and they have a common goal and that is winning a state championship.”
Patuxent head coach Brett Hansen mentioned that the Lions, the 2A East Region champions, were just too big and physical in the air.
“The difference was that they beat us in the air in the front of the goal,” Hansen said. “Something we’ve had a problem doing is playing physical and Queen Anne’s was just more aggressive than we were. I was happy to get back here to the semifinals twice in a row.”
Queen Anne’s senior forward Luke Smithmyer led the charge with two goals, both coming in the first half. Smithmyer scored in the eighth minute on a crossing pass from senior midfielder Cameron Shepherd.
With six minutes left in the first half, on a throw-in from senior midfielder Kyle Dean, Smithmyer scored on a reverse header from 10 yards out to put the Lions up 2-0 at halftime.
“We’ve scored 11 goals this year on throw-ins, that’s something we work on in practice,” Capshaw said. “Luke struggled in the beginning of the season, but he’s turned it on lately for us as our striker.”
In the 49th minute, another Dean throw-in flew past Patuxent junior goalkeeper Michael Frawley (4 saves) and Queen Anne’s senior defender Colby Tolson gathered possession of the ball and nailed it right into the back of the net.
Four minutes later, Dean capped off the scoring when he scored off a rebound.
Queen Anne’s senior goalie Anthony D’Orsaneo finished with six saves in the shutout.
“I have no words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” D’Orsaneo said. “I’m ecstatic to get to [the state final]. I’ve been keeping a clear mind when I’m in the box and it’s been great playing with this team.”
The Lions defense kept Patuxent senior midfielder Jake Hayden (12 goals, 7 assists) and junior midfielder Eric Elder in check the whole game, while senior forward Nick Carlson had several chances to score, but could not convert.
“They were a big team and we weren’t used to that style of play,” said Carlson, who finished with eight goals and 11 assists on the season. “[Queen Anne’s] bodied us off the ball and got a couple quick goals in the first half. The throw-ins played a huge role, that broke our defense down. This season has been great we had a lot of chemistry and it was a pleasure playing with my teammates.”
Patuxent, which came off of a 5-0 victory over Gwynn Park of Prince George’s County in last Tuesday’s 2A South Region title game, finished 9-7 this fall.