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Wildcats three-peat twice in 1A regional

November 07, 2000

Wildcats three-peat twice in 1A regional



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - The Beall girls soccer team was willing to pack it in Tuesday night in the Class 1A West final against Williamsport.

About 90 minutes later, the Wildcats graciously sent the Mountaineers packing.

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Williamsport finally solved a pesky defensive shell midway through the second half with a pair of goals in a three-minute span, and held Beall without a shot in the game for a 2-0 victory and its third straight region title.

"It was tough. They were playing really aggressive," said Jessica Piper, who stuffed in the first goal off a corner kick in the 58th minute. "We needed to step up a notch, because that was the only way to get it past them."

Beall (11-5-1) was content to keep as many people between the ball and the goal as it could and let keeper Crystal Martz do the rest. The senior did everything - including stopping a Brooke Weimer penalty kick in the 33rd minute - on her way to 12 saves for the night.

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But the first ball that went through her fingers resulted in Piper's goal, and she could only watch as Skyler Sanders' 18-yard shot looped right over her head three minutes later.

"That was the thing, we had to keep our heads up, even if you're one goal up," Piper said.

The win keeps the Wildcats (12-4-1, No. 5 Herald-Mail) on course for their third straight trip to the state final. They next face surprising Kent County, a 4-11 team that found its rhythm on the way to the East Region title. The Trojans beat Cambridge-South Dorchester, 5-4.

"We've worked hard. If we get here, we deserve it," Piper said. "At first, we were like, 'Oh great, we'll be a little bit down from last year.' But we've proved ourselves wrong and we've stuck up there."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the boys game, the Williamsport boys set the tone for the girls. The Wildcats held Allegany without a shot in the first half and scored three goals in six minutes on the way to a 5-2 victory, also the team's third straight region title and sixth in seven years.

Jason Knicley had a hat trick plus an assist and Ben Jordan had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats (16-2, No. 1 Herald-Mail), which sped through the Campers at every turn.

"Coach always says we let up after an early goal, but this time we didn't let down," Knicley said. "We usually only play one good half ... This game we played two good halves of soccer."

The win sets up a semifinal matchup against St. Michaels for the second straight season. One more win would set up a third straight trip to the state final for the boys as well.

"This time, I want to go back and win it," Knicley said. "I think this might be the best chance. But right now, our main focus is the semifinals."

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