by Bud Hart
Visiting Manheim Central scored four goals in the first half on Tuesday, September 26, on their way to a 5-1 win over Solanco's varsity boys soccer team.
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Solanco boys soccer coach Ron Miller vowed his team would make more history this year.
His team made good on that promise in the first game of the season.
Nick Boulé collected four goals and two assists and Bryan Olivares had a hat trick as the Mules downed Pequea Valley 7-4 last Friday morning.
"That's a big boy team we beat," Miller said. "There were a few tense moments but we outplayed them for 75 of the 80 minutes."
It was a frustrating week for coach Ron Miller and the Solanco boys soccer team.
Entering the week on a three-game win streak, the Mules dropped two games and Miller said the officiating played a role in both defeats.
Undefeated Manheim Central topped Solanco 1-0 Saturday.
The Barons' goal came on a penalty kick in the 18th minute.
The Solanco boys soccer team made history last week. Even they are not sure how much.
According to coach Ron Miller, the Mules won three games in a row for the first time in over a decade. Their two-game win streak was the longest in eight years. And Solanco defeated Garden Spot for the first time in school history.
The way they won the games was just as remarkable.
It was the best of halves. It was the worst of halves.
Solanco's boys soccer game vs. visiting Elizabethtown last Thursday was a tale of two periods.
The Mules led 1-0 at intermission before E-town erupted for five second-half goals on the way to a 5-1 triumph.
For at least the last 15 years, the terms "high expectations" and "Solanco boys soccer" have not been used in the same sentence with any regularity.
In 2014, coach Ron Miller firmly believes he has a team worthy of lofty goals.
Last year, Solanco earned its first section victory in five years and seven of its losses came by one goal.
Buoyed by eight returning starters and an infusion of ultra-talented underclassmen, the deep Mules fully expect to turn that around.
The Solanco boys soccer team played its best game of the season Saturday morning, but it wasn't quite enough to defeat unbeaten Manheim Central.
The Barons scored off a corner kick with three minutes remaining to prevail 1-0.