Soccer notes - Cadets face rocky road in playoffs

October 25, 2000

Soccer notes - Cadets face rocky road in playoffs

The beginning of the Maryland state playoffs on Friday tips off the annual postseason quest of some area teams: the Williamsport boys and girls and Middletown girls are all looking for their third straight trip to a state final.

For other teams, like the Frederick boys, it's a chance to make an unprecedented wave.

The No. 6 Cadets are having one of their best seasons ever - fifth all time in terms of winning percentage - after finishing the regular season 8-3-3. For a program with just one winning season since 1986, it seems like a shot at leaving a mark.

In 4A West, though, that mark might be a chalk outline. The region is loaded, topped by undefeated Walt Whitman, No. 1 in the Washington metro area and No. 4 in the country according to one poll. The second and third seeds, Magruder and Whitman, are 5-6 in the Washington poll and have a combined record of 20-2-1.


Then throw in the Cadets' first-round foe, Sherwood, which just fell out of the Washington poll after an overtime loss to Walter Johnson, ranked first in 3A West.

It's a long and daunting task. It's also one the Cadets would love to turn into a happy ending.

"Last year, Gaithersburg came up here and got to celebrate (after a PK win)," Frederick coach John Bodnar said Monday night after a 1-1 tie against city rival Thomas Johnson. "TJ has celebrated on this field ... there's been a lot of celebrating and it's not us. We haven't had that game yet where the guys get to pile on each other after we win.

"Maybe the playoffs will be that time."

Too much of a good thing

Confidence is a great thing to have, but only if iused in moderation.

Smithsburg's girls found out first hand the danger of being too sure of yourself.

The Leopards totally controlled the ball in the first half of Monday's match with Boonsboro. They used short quick passes and took depth on the field to advance the ball. They capitalized on a big chance on a beautiful running goal by Morgan Church for a 1-0 lead.

The good feelings of the first half got to Smithsburg, though. It fell to the wayside as Boonsboro unveiled a long-distance attack and scored two quick goals for a 2-1 victory.

"We got overconfident," Smithsburg coach Richard Daughtridge said. "Once Boonsboro got a goal, it got into its bunker defense and that's tough to play against. Then it got out of control."

Pa. playoffs

In Pennsylvania Class AA, No. 1 Greencastle plays in the first round of the District 3 Tournament tonight in York County. The Blue Devils (13-5-1) are the fourth seed from the Mid Penn and play West York, the second seed from the York County League, tonight at North Eastern High School.

Hey there smart guys

Boonsboro seniors Brian Fouche, Ausin Gray, Matt Kibler, Jake Michael and Robbie Pongratz put their names in the school record book this year, even though won't win a league or county title this season.

The five have the highest cumulative class GPA in team history at 3.984 on a 4.0 scale. The school's honor classes make a perfect mark a 4.2, but at that level it's like squabbling over pennies.

"It's just tremendous that they have their priorities set," Boonsboro coach Jeff Palm said. "We're not the best team in the world, but we're not bad either.

"It's nice to see that they're well-rounded kids. People talk about the youth of today and get worried ... and then there's these five."

This week's notebook compiled by staff writers Bob Parasiliti and Dan Spears.

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