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Williamsport girls rolle to soccer title

November 09, 1999|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

WILLIAMSPORT - There was very little drama leading up to the Class 1A West girls soccer final Tuesday night. Throughout the tournament, it's been Williamsport ... and then everybody else.

So it was no surprise to see the Wildcats grab a 4-0 lead in just nine minutes on their way to a 10-1 victory over Mt. Savage.

It's the second straight region title for the Wildcats (17-2), who outscored their four opponents in the region tourney, 34-1.

But while Williamsport celebrated another plaque for the trophy case, the Wildcats are well aware that the teams that lie ahead in the state tournament are a far cry from the teams they rolled over in the West.

"Whether that's good or not, I don't know," said Williamsport coach John Weimer. "We need to play tougher competition, and that's one disadvantage to everybody being in the playoffs. We weren't pushed, and we need to get ready for the next level. And that's going to come this weekend."

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Williamsport will play the winner of Tuesday's 1A East final between Snow Hill and Mardela. Date, time and site are still to be determined.

As they've done since the playoffs began, the Wildcats blitzed the opposing goal early and often, putting the match away almost as soon as it started.

It took Ashley van Norden a little over nine minutes to gather five points, scoring one goal and assisting on three others - one to Brooke Weimer and two to Stephanie Ritchie.

"We've been playing really well as a team. All year long, not just in the playoffs," said Ritchie, who scored three goals. "We're expecting it to be a lot tougher at states, but we're ready. We're ready to go."

Ritchie completed her hat trick in the 16th minute and Sammie Smiles started toward hers in the 36th minute off a pass from Karley Moss. Smiles scored again from Weimer just two minutes later as Williamsport led 7-0 at the half.

Smiles scored her third goal in the 45th minute. Weimer finished with two goals and two assists, Angie McDonald had a goal and Kaci Resau had three assists.

Jamie Blank scored in the 65th minute for Mt. Savage, ending the Wildcats' bid for a fifth straight shutout.

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