Prep soccer notes - TJ stays perfect

September 27, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

There's only one undefeated team left from the area's boys and girls soccer programs.

And it was only fitting that the distinction came down to an overtime showdown of the area's previously two unbeatens Tuesday evening.

The No. 1 Thomas Johnson boys improved to 6-0 as senior midfielder Lucas Dowiak scored a minute into overtime to lift the Patriots to a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Frederick (4-1).

"It was a pretty big game. It was just a battle," said Patriots head coach Mitch Rubin. "Frederick, skill-wise, is terrific. But we just pressed them all over the field.


"They hadn't been held to under three goals yet this year. I told the kids after the game that it was the best defensive effort that I've seen in a long time."

TJ has now come out on top in its last four meetings with Frederick, but Rubin knows that extending the streak won't get any easier.

"It's a big rivalry," he said. "They're bound to get us one of these times."

While another matchup in the playoffs seems likely, the Cadets could get their shot at redemption a bit sooner in the Frederick County Tournament finals. While TJ earned a championship berth with tourney wins over Catoctin last Friday and Walkersville Saturday, Frederick's advancement has temporarily been put on hold.

After beating Linganore 4-1 in round one Friday, the Cadets' semifinal matchup with Urbana was suspended due to lightning with the score tied 1-1 late in the first half Saturday night. The game will resume where it ended at a time and date to be determined.

More streaking

The Thomas Johnson boys may be the only unblemished team, but the North Hagerstown boys have the area's longest current winning streak.

Heading into Saturday's Washington County Tournament final, the No. 2 Hubs (7-1) have won seven straight since falling 2-2 on penalty kicks to No. 6 Williamsport in their season opener.

During the streak, North has outscored its opponents, 32-1. Hubs keepers Brian Williamson and Ryne Powell have each posted three shutouts, while Williamson has yet to allow a goal all season. Offensively, North has been led by seniors Mikael Tigrett and Ben McAbee, who've combined for 19 goals and 13 assists.

On the girls side, No. 7 Williamsport (5-1) holds the longest current winning streak. The Wildcats have ripped off five straight victories since falling 2-1 to North Hagerstown in their season opener. During the run, they've outscored the opposition 24-5, as Meggan McGill and Laura Scuffins have combined for 18 goals and seven assists and keepers Catie Vancour, Catie Witman and Elizabeth Coleman have combined for 16 saves and a shutout.

On the other side

From an outsider's perspective, the Apple Valley League boys matchup between Musselman and Berkeley Springs last Thursday wasn't exactly a key game to circle.

But try telling that to the Applemen and Indians. Both entered the contest winless on the season, trying to fight their way out of the AVL cellar.

Mike Felicio made sure Musselman took a small climb in the standings, registering a hat trick in the Applemen's 5-2 win.

But the Indians shouldn't feel too bad. They've got company. Still searching for that first win are the Boonsboro, Frederick and South Hagerstown girls and Broadfording, Heritage and South boys.

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