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Knights boys soccer wins region title

November 09, 1999

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

Photo by RIC DUGAN / Staff Photographer


MIDDLETOWN, Md. - On the Middletown Knights boys soccer roster, it lists senior Ray Wilson as a defender.

Tuesday night, Wilson turned the tables on the program - and Linganore - picking up a goal and assisting on both goals by Paul Vandre to lead the Knights to a dominating 3-0 victory in the Class 2A West region final.

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"This is great," Wilson said. "It's something we've dreamed about all year. We knew (Linganore) was going to come in with a lot of heart and didn't want to give it up yet."

No. 3 Middletown (16-2) jumped out early on the surprising Lancers (2-11-2), who hadn't won a game until the playoffs. Emil Munkholm had a goal waved off at the 10-minute mark, and after another Munkholm shot was deflected over the end line in the 22nd minute, Middletown used a short corner to take the lead.

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Munkholm took the ball and lofted it across the goalmouth to a wide open Wilson, who buried the shot for a 1-0 lead.

"We were in control, but the longer it went 0-0, the more interesting it was getting, especially with the dynamic Linganore has right now," Middletown coach Bob Sheffler said. "That first goal was a big one."

The Knights followed it up in a hurry. Off a deflection out of the penalty area, Jon Meleney sent a perfect pass back across the box to Wilson in the 25th minute. He chest-trapped the ball and touched it to Vandre, who chipped over keeper John Long from eight yards for a 2-0 lead. The two hooked up again in the 65th minute to complete the scoring.

The Lancers really never had a chance; Middletown outshot them, 23-2. Even in victory, the Knights felt their celebration was a little anticlimactic after Saturday's thrilling win over region nemesis Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Regardless, it's still a region title, and puts the team into the semifinals against J.M. Bennett Friday at Kenwood High School.

"We're pretty excited," Wilson said. "We worked hard to get here tonight, but it was really nice to get by that hurdle (B-CC) last time."

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