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Williamsport defeats Smithsburg in girls soccer

September 27, 1999

Williamsport over SmithsburgBy BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photos: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




SMITHSBURG - For a time, everything short of the planets aligning went right for the Williamsport girls soccer team.

That's probably the easiest way to explain the turn of events over a 13-minute span when the No. 6 Wildcats scored four goals - two each by Brooke Weimer and Stephanie Ritchie - to erase a halftime deficit against No. 9 Smithsburg Monday for a 5-2 victory.

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It was a matter of everything falling into place.

"We used less touches of the ball and started working the ball up the sidelines," Williamsport coach John Weimer said. "Soccer is a game of luck. We got some lucky bounces and they gave us a positive feeling."

Which is a roundabout way of saying ...

Williamsport wins"We were in the right place at the right time," both Brooke Weimer and Ritchie said.

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And it was amazing the way it happened. Smithsburg circled the wagons to keep Williamsport away from the goal. Kyley Thompson made a rush up the left sideline and unleashed a shot from 15 yards off the wing to give the Leopards at 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats (6-1, 5-0) got their shots but weren't converting.

The second half was a little different.

It started in the 48th minute when Brooke Weimer lofted a shot over Smithsburg's defense from 30 yards out which bounced past goalie Megan Ball for the tying score.

Two minutes later, Ritchie got past the defense and fired a shot from 10 yards inside the left goalpost.

Eight minutes later, Weimer scored her second goal on a rush at the net for a 3-1 lead.

Then, three minutes later, after Smithsburg's Alyson Daughtridge scored off a corner kick, Ritchie scored off a corner kick that eluded Ball to end the flurry.

"In the first half, after they scored, we turned our intensity up," Brooke Weimer said. "We were able to move the ball from side to side to get scores instead of up and down."

Skyler Sanders put the finishing touches on the five-goal half by scoring in the final two minutes on a nifty move past the Smithsburg defense.

"What can you say," Smithsburg coach Richard Daughtridge said. "We made mistakes and they capitalized. They were simple mistakes ... elementary mistakes. We can play with this team. The score doesn't reflect the good things we did."

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