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Wildcats move on in West

October 25, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport girls soccer team's 8-6-1 record doesn't tell the entire story.

But considering the Wildcats were 2-6 three weeks ago, it tells most of it.

Williamsport extended its unbeaten streak to seven matches with its biggest win of the year Friday night, topping Allegany 2-0 in the first round of the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs.

"We're getting the pistons working a bit and starting to look for one another and play as a team," Williamsport first-year coach J.R. Mellott said. "The girls are really, really picking it up right now. We're peaking at the right time of the season."

The eighth-seeded Wildcats now have to hit the road to take on top-seeded and undefeated Beall - which received a first-round bye - Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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"I look forward to it," Mellott said. "I like the challenge."

Williamsport didn't get much of one Friday, although the scoreboard didn't reflect that early.

After outshooting the Campers 8-2 in a first half played mostly in Campers territory, the Wildcats finally got on the board four minutes into the second half. Sophomore striker Kendal Moss took Meggan McGill's pass in the middle of the box and drilled it into the right corner of the goal.

"We were doing some really nice passes," Moss said. "(McGill) saw me open in the middle, and I turned into the shot. Luckily, it went in.

"It was frustrating at first, but when one finally went in it was great."

Thirteen minutes later, Moss crossed to sophomore striker Morggan McGill, who headed in the shot for a 2-0 lead.

Wildcats goalkeeper Catie Vancour made four saves for her third shutout of the year, while Williamsport finished with a 14-5 advantage in shots - a different differential than Williamsport was used to earlier this season.

"In the first half of the season, it was just the opposite. We were on the opposite side of those numbers," Mellott said. "It seems like finishing is not our strong suit right now, but, hey, there are so many chances there that it works after a while."

While Williamsport is heading into the unknown against Beall, the teams share a common opponent in Allegany (6-7-2). The Campers and Mountaineers played twice this year - a 0-0 tie followed by a 6-0 Beall rout.

"I think Williamsport can match up with them," Allegany coach Bob Langan said.

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