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League of their own

October 11, 2000

League of their own



'Cats beat North for inside track at repeat title

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


Different year. Same script.

The Williamsport boys soccer team made sure parity remained in Washington County Tuesday night at School Stadium, handing No. 3 North Hagerstown a 4-2 loss, its first of the year.

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After North defended its county tournament title with a 4-0 win two weekends ago, the Wildcats even the score by taking control of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League race.

Just like last year.

"Last game ... everything we could do wrong, we did wrong," Williamsport coach Stan Stouffer said. "And what we didn't try to do went wrong anyhow. Since then, we've worked hard to get back to this."

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Forward Jason Knicely had two goals as the Wildcats (9-2, 5-0) took control from the opening whistle. After several flurries denied by North keeper David Chaney, Eric Fitzgerald scored on a rebound shot in the 20th minute for a 1-0 lead.

"It was a showdown. They had all the bragging rights," Knicely said. "We could play this game 10 different times and have 10 different results."

This result, however, was only momentarily in doubt. Williamsport outshot North 14-2 in the first half and went up 2-0 six minutes into the second half when Knicely put in a rebound off a blocked shot in front.

"I got some breaks on mine," Knicely said. "They were rebound goals, but you've got to be there to put them in."

Midfielder Tim Salvagno was red-carded for the Hubs (10-1, 5-1) in the 53rd minute, but they pulled within one on Filip Simic's goal in the 66th minute. Knicely responded three minutes later, scoring on a rare mistake by Chaney when he came 25 yards out of his goal.

The two teams swapped goals in the final minute, but by then, everyone knew things were right back where they started.

"I told the kids, the road to the MVAL title goes through Williamsport yet," Stouffer said. "I'm not saying we're going to win it yet ... but this was a big obstacle out of the way."

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