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Wildcats roll past Warriors, into final

November 03, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Ben Jordan took matters into his own feet Saturday evening.

The Williamsport senior forward scored four goals and had the assists on his team's other two, as the second-seeded Wildcats topped third-seeded Boonsboro 6-1 in the Maryland Class 1A West boys soccer semifinals.

"That was probably my best game," said Jordan, who had a hat trick in Williamsport's 6-0 quarterfinals win over Smithsburg. "The guys have been getting me the ball in scoring chances, and I've just been finishing. I have to give them just as much credit."

The game was played one day after the one-year anniversary of the Warriors' shocking 1-0 upset of Williamsport in last year's regional quarterfinals. The Wildcats, who also bowed out early in the 2001 playoffs, were hell-bent to break the curse.

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Jordan scored two goals - the first unassisted, the second off a pass from Josh Bowers - in the first seven minutes of the game.

"(Williamsport coach Stan Stouffer) told us not to worry about last year, and we came out with a lot of confidence and jumped on them quick," Jordan said. "That was the key, playing from the top. We didn't want to play from behind or even even because you can't let teams hang around."

After Dan Tonetti's unassisted score cut Boonsboro's deficit to 2-1 with 25 minutes left in the first half, Jordan immediately answered with his third goal, assisted by his younger brother, sophomore Phil Jordan.

And the Wildcats (14-2) never looked back in the second half. Chris Ciccarelli and Phil Jordan both turned throw-in passes from Ben Jordan into goals on headers. And, in between, Ben Jordan scored his fourth goal unassisted.

"Ben's definitely a dominant player," Stouffer said. "He's been a big gun for us for a lot of years. He played in the state final his freshman year and has been turned down the last two years, and I don't think he's going to let that happen again."

The Wildcats outshot the Warriors (9-7) 21-8 and outcornered them, 10-2. Williamsport keeper Jeremy Draper and Boonsboro keeper Evan Lowery each had six saves.

Williamsport will hit the road to take on top-seeded and undefeated Beall - a 3-0 winner over Northern Garrett in the other semifinal - in the regional final on Tuesday.

If it counts for anything, the Wildcats topped Beall 3-0 in a preseason 30-minute scrimmage.

"That was August. That doesn't mean a thing," Stouffer said. "They're unbeaten, they're on a roll, they have 14 or 15 seniors and it's up there. They'll have a crowd of a thousand people."

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