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Trojans use high road to pass over Wildcats

September 14, 2000

Trojans use high road to pass over Wildcats



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Williamsport boys soccer team isn't afraid of heights, but it's much more comfortable on the ground.

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In the second half Wednesday night against Chambersburg at Henninger Field, Wildcats coach Stan Stouffer heard an air raid siren.

"The ball's getting up in the air, and that's not our style," Stouffer said. "We do it with quick passes or penetration, but not when the ball's up in the air."

The No. 2 Trojans don't mind the air attack, and it showed as they put up four second-half goals to beat the No. 3 Wildcats, 4-1.

"We like to try a combination of both (styles), but we are better in the air," Chambersburg coach Graham Messner said. "We were kicking the ball around too much in the first half. I don't think we liked it too much."

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Williamsport (3-1) took a 1-0 lead at halftime despite missing on several good chances and not playing speedy striker Carlos Gomez, who sat out with an injury. It did convert, though, in the 12th minute, when a loose ball rolled out to Todd Knepper, who sent a 25-yard rocket past Mike Richards for the lead.

Chambersburg (5-1) got a couple more good chances after that in the first half, but couldn't score. That story changed eight minutes into the second half, when Nate Wingerd worked his way into the middle and beat Ryan Martin to tie it at 1-1.

"We just kept our patience," Messner said. "I didn't think that they were going to keep us off the scoreboard, but I certainly didn't think we would get four, either."

That's exactly what the Trojans did, though. Richard Collier scored off his own rebound 10 minutes later for a 2-1 game and Andrew Dilling and Kevin Roland also scored off rebounds in the final five minutes to ice it.

"We just didn't play well," Stouffer said. "I told them we played well in the first half, and maybe they came out and rested on their laurels. ... They're a quality team, too. And as soon as they took the lead, our heads just sank.

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