Greenwood looks to rebound

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Greenwood’s Grant Kauffman strikes the ball earlier this season. The Wildcats play Wellsboro in the opening round of the Class A state tournament.

MILLERSTOWN — The Greenwood boys’ soccer team had an outstanding regular season with 19 wins and a runner-up finish in District 3.

The Wildcats reward for all this success — a first-round PIAA Class A playoff matchup with Wellsboro (18-1-1), the District 4 champions who are outscoring opponents 132-9 on the season.

Senior Tanner Runyan (28 goals, 16 assists, 72 points), junior Brett Rudy (21-10-52), and junior keeper Nate Redell (13 shutouts) lead the Hornets.

“We went to see them on Thursday when they beat Millville for the district title. They are very quick, one of the quickest teams I’ve seen,” Greenwood coach Aaron Anstine said. “They have a couple of wingers who are just super fast. They like to play hit and run. They switch very well and have major speed. They high ball up over the defense. We will have to be prepared to get numbers and stay with these guys. It will bea tall order. They have been playing together for quite awhile.”

Greenwood (19-4), a 3-0 loser to Camp Hill in the district finals, relies on the skills of senior Tyus Yengst and junior Luke Myers. Both will need to play at their best to have a chance against Wellsboro.

“After the loss to Camp Hill, we saw a few things that we could do to better. Everybody is 0-0. It’s a new season. I think we are playing pretty good,” Anstine said. “We have to play our game and not have them dictate to us. If we can move the ball and posses a little better, that’s where we’ve been successful. We have to be able to score when we have the opportunity. We beat a team (Mifflinburg) that beat a team (Athens) that beat Wellsboro.”

Anstine believes winning the midfield and counteracting the Hornets speed are the keys to victory.

“We have to get numbers behind the ball. If we get our second and third defender behind the ball we’ll beat anybody,” Anstine said. “We have to win the midfield and defend well on the flanks. He (Runyan) has to be marked. Losing Mason Kauffman, our outsidewing,hurts. He was our speed guy. We have strong soccer players who can mark and counteract their speed. Our confidence is high.”

Action gets underway at 5 p.m. at the Balls Mills Complex in Williamsport.