Washington Co. tops in soccer all-star game

November 26, 1996


Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. - There was no state championship at stake. Not even a regional title on the line.

But some of the best senior soccer players in Washington County faced a similar group from Frederick County Monday night, and it was all for fun.

"We were out here to win, but we were out here to have fun, too," said South Hagerstown's Joe Mills, whose two goals paced the Washington County All-Stars to a 4-0 win. "We wanted to make a good showing. This was our last game as seniors."

Many of the Washington County players, although representing different schools, have competed the past seven years as members of the Hagerstown Scramblers, a local club team.


"These guys have been together since they were 10 years old," said Washington County coach Rick Aleshire, who also coaches Clear Spring High School's team. "So tonight's win is just icing on the cake for them.

"These kids have so much confidence in each other. They know each other's talents, and they know each other's weaknesses."

The Washington County squad showed few weaknesses Monday. Mills put them on top less than five minutes into the contest, scoring with an assist from Smithsburg's Ryan Lampton.

North Hagerstown's Jason Karap made it 2-0 midway through the second half, with Mills getting the assist.

Mills iced the win with 12:51 left in the game on a penalty kick, which scooted easily past Frederick County goalkeeper Eric Stratton of Brunswick. Lampton put the finishing touches on the scoring when followed up his own rebounded shot.

Frederick's best opportunity came with 10:32 remaining in the second half, but a diving save from Smithsburg keeper Justin Stevens thwarted Paul Parsoneault's penalty kick.

"We weren't able to take advantage of our opportunities," said Frederick All-Stars coach Bob Sheffler, who coached Middletown during the season. "(That's) indicative of what has happened throughout the county all year. (Frederick County's) leading scorer this season only had eight goals."

Washington County had just 12 players in uniform for the game, but fatigue didn't seem to play a role in the outcome.

"We're used to playing with no subs," said Williamsport's Clayton Llewellyn. "Like with the Scramblers team, we don't even bring them."

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