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Williamsport boys win title

November 09, 1999|By JACK HILL III

ACCIDENT, Md. - It might be a good idea if Williamsport High School builds another trophy case; its boys soccer team is starting to gather a rather hefty collection.

Williamsport won its second straight Maryland Class 1A West Region championship and its fifth region title in the last six years by pulling out a 2-0 victory over the Northern Garrett Huskies on Tuesday night.

Williamsport advances to the state semifinals to play St. Michael's at 5 p.m. Friday at School Stadium.

"I think that our ball control was the key to our victory tonight," Williamsport coach Stan Stouffer said. "We were able to move the ball on the ground and possess it a lot."

The Wildcats (18-1) outshot the Huskies (9-7-1) by a huge margin - 48-12. Junior goalkeeper Woody Kenner came through with 30 saves for Northern Garrett.

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"Their goalkeeper did a good job tonight," Stouffer added. "He stopped an awful lot of shots that we attempted. It was one of those nights where we weren't sticking much into the net. Todd Knepper, Brandon Zombro and Peter Swacina all did a good job of possessing and distributing the ball tonight."

Senior goalkeeper Josh Miller made 10 saves for Williamsport.

"I would say that our defense is one of the top defenses in the state and that is the reason that we have won a lot of games," Miller said. "We have not given up that many goals all year."

Just nine minutes into the game, sophomore Carlos Gomez scored a goal for Williamsport on an assist by Todd Knepper. With 18:02 left in the second half, Jason Knicley got the Wildcats' other goal on an assist by Ryan Mease.

"We're looking forward to going back to the states," Gomez said. "We have just got to give it our all to get to where we want to be and that is to win the state championship."

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