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Middletown out of boys soccer tourney

November 03, 2000

Middletown out of boys soccer tourney



By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent


MIDDLETOWN, Md. - The Middletown boys soccer team should have known to keep Urbana's Josh Andrews from getting his head near the ball.

Andrews, who has scored every goal of his varsity career with a header, did it again to lead Urbana to a 1-0 win over Middletown in the Class 2A West semifinals on Friday.

"I guess I'm more of the air guy, I kind of grew into the position," Andrews said.

With about 18 minutes left in the first half Sean Cunningham lofted a corner kick towards the middle of the net, where Andrews headed the ball in to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

"Usually on corner kicks we all have specific runs and I'm more of a search-and-destroy guy but just this week Coach (Kevin McMullen) put in something where I stand right in front of the keeper and strain him from the ball," Andrews said. "Sean played an unbelievable ball, I mean it was just about seven feet off the ground, all I had to do was redirect it off the post. I just had to flick it past the goalie. You couldn't draw up a better ball than that."

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According to McMullen, that goal set the tone for the rest of the game.

"He elevated his play and he's one of our team captains and I think that the way that he really got off to a fast start," McMullen said. "We got the goal we needed."

The Urbana defense held the Knights to only two shots.

"We know how critical it is to take advantage of opportunities when you can and we let a few opportunities get away from us early in the game and we just can't afford to do that," Middletown coach Bob Sheffler said. "This was such an important game that everything magnified so when we lost an opportunity it was bigger than it really is. Urbana just doesn't give you that many opportunities."

Middletown goalie Andrew Brown had five saves to lead the Knights.

Middletown started the season 1-5 before turning its season around and advancing farther than senior Mike Buzard thought it would.

"We didn't have production from the midfield and our defense broke down at key times at some games and we lost five of our first six games and we started learning how to play basically," Buzard said. "We came here, this is farther than I thought we'd make it at the beginning of the season."

The Hawks had six shots and Urbana goalie Danny Mulcahy had six saves.

"This is a huge win for our program, this is going to be the first region championship that we have qualified for so it's exciting and we're playing our best soccer of the season right now," McMullen said. "Any time you can come here at Middletown and get away with a win it's a tremendous accomplishment. This is a huge step for our program to take now."

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