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Williamsport takes its shot

September 16, 1998|By RON SOMERS / Sports Editor

Williamsport takes its shot

Gomez, Wildcats shut down South, look to Middletown

WILLIAMSPORT - The defining moment of Williamsport's 3-0 boys soccer victory over South Hagerstown on Tuesday came with 14 minutes left in the first half, compliments of freshman forward Carlos Gomez.

Gomez got the ball on the left wing and started moving toward the center, looking to pass.

"I was dribbling, and I didn't find anybody open,'' he said.

So he kept dribbling and dribbling until he found himself all the way over on the right wing, still in control of the ball and still looking to pass. Finally, he faked a Rebel defender so badly that he fell to the pitch. That left him virtually alone, facing one good option.

"I had an open shot,'' Gomez said nonchalantly.

He took it, and found the net from 30 yards out.

That gave the Wildcats, 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in the Herald-Mail poll, a 2-0 lead and showed exactly who was in control of the game.

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Williamsport asserted itself less than four minutes into the game. Gomez worked the ball to Matt Bowman, who scored from eight yards out.

Gomez had a hand, or actually a foot, in Williamsport's third goal as well. He fed the ball to Matthew Porac, who knocked it off the hands of goalkeeper Bobby Wilhide and into the net.

Gomez and the Wildcats had numerous shots in the second half but couldn't convert, not that they needed it. But they kept Wilhide busy, and he finished with 18 saves. Williamsport keeper Josh Miller, on the other hand, didn't have a lot to do. He finished with six saves.

South (0-3-1) had its best chance at a goal with 27 1/2 minutes to go. The Rebels succeeded in getting Miller out of position, leaving an open net for midfielder Chris Mills. Mills took the shot, but it hit the right post. He dropped to his knees in frustration and put his hands over the back of his head.

Despite the Wildcats' domination, coach Stan Stouffer was not overly impressed.

"Ahhhh,'' he said indifferently upon receiving post-game congratulations. "We didn't execute well. But it's out of our system. Maybe we were looking ahead to (No. 2) Middletown on Thursday. But we'll take it.''

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