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Hubs solve Bowman

October 11, 1998

Hubs solve Bowman

MVAL scoring leader, No. 7 'Cats get shut out

By RON SOMERS / Sports Editor

Two players who didn't score made the difference.

Matt Bowman, who leads Monocacy Valley Athletic League soccer players with 20 goals, was expected to help lift No. 7 Williamsport over No. 5 North Hagerstown on Saturday at North.

Lane Drummond, who has six goals, was expected to stop Bowman. In fact, it was his pregame assignment from North coach Mike Gouker.

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North's John Muto, who did score a goal, said of Drummond's tight marking of Bowman, "You keep him from scoring; we'll win the game.''

He did, and North did, 3-0.

The win raised North's record to 8-2, 7-0 in the MVAL. Williamsport fell to 7-3, 4-2.

"Lane was just super,'' Gouker said. "He just stayed right on him, right in his face. He did whatever he had to do to frustrate him.''

Drummond's instructions were simple. Executing them was not.

"It's pretty exhausting,'' he said. "You have to run everywhere he goes.''

Then there's the mental element. Drummond knew shutting down Bowman was the key to the game, and it was his job to do it.

"It was a lot of pressure,'' he said.

Bowman had his chances, perhaps his best coming in the final two minutes of the first half with North already leading by three.

Carlos Gomez sent a long lead pass to Bowman, who got off a shot toward an empty net. But Drummond headed the ball away.

Drummond's task was made easier by the Hubs' offense, which scored its goals in the first half.

Josh Gouker scored in the 13th minute, and Michael Hudak made it 2-0, bouncing a shot past Josh Miller, in the 21st minute.

In the 32nd minute, Steven Ames hit Muto with a long lead pass that Muto fired in from the left wing.

Williamsport increased its offensive pressure in the second half, but to no avail. North keeper Jonathan Hemm had his third shutout of the season, with a huge assist from Drummond.

Gouker said the risk of using the strategy of tightly marking the opponent's top scorer is the loss of some offensive power.

"Sometimes it's worth it,'' he said.

Saturday, it was.

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