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Mills, Rebels finish the trick

September 22, 1999

South & BrunswickBy BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




Chris Mills was just looking to share the wealth.

His generosity was rewarded three times over in the form of three goals Wednesday to lead the South Hagerstown soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Brunswick at School Stadium.

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"Usually, I look to the goal first," the forward said. "Today, I was looking to distribute the ball to the rest of the team and it just kept coming back to me."

Mills' pass-around pact ended up moving him into prime position to score and derail the Railroaders. In fact, South landed some of its heaviest blows early, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the match to knock Brunswick off balance long before it shook off the buslag from its trip over from Frederick County.

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"Those first two goals killed us," Brunswick coach David Spiezio said. "Chris Mills is a heck of a player. All three of his goals, no one was going to stop them. We tried to mark him and make him give up the ball, but we didn't mark any of the other guys."

South scored in the first minute when Mills blasted a straight-on shot past goalie Justin Wilt from 10 yards out. Minutes later, Danny West fielded a Sean Shrader's corner kick and unloaded from the corner of the 6-yard box for the 2-0 lead.

But the two-goal lead was too much success, too early for the Rebels. The game turned into an end-to-end battle with neither team gaining any advantage.

"It was good to get up early, but we can't let down," Mills said. "I thinks that's what happened. We let down."

South coach Mike Tesla had the natural halftime pep talk to get the Rebels ready for the second half.

"Having a two-goal lead is the worst lead you can have," Tesla said. "The third goal is the important one. They score it, they're back in the game. We score it, we are in control. That's the key."

Mills locked it up for the Rebels in the 57th minute with another blast just inside the left post.

"Ambushed ... we ambushed ourselves," Spiezio said. "We did that when our backs stood and watched the ball go by them. That third goal was big, but it didn't beat us. We were out of it in the first 30 seconds because if you can't score, you can't win."

Mills finished off his hat trick with a 10-yard shot from the right wing into the bottom left of the net on a pass from Shrader in the 76th minute to put the finishing touches on goalie Scott Barish's shutout.

"Chris is one of the best in the county," Tesla said. "The teams in the county know they have to mark him with more than one man. Today, he played a great team game. He distributed the ball and got everyone into the game and it all came back to him."

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