New foe to greet 'Cats in finals

November 09, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

EDGEWATER, Md. - It's not an unusual occurrence for the Williamsport boys soccer team to advance to the state final.

It is unusual for the Wildcats to get that far and not have to play Oakland Mills.

Williamsport, seeking its first title since 1996, will make its sixth appearance in the state finals at University of Maryland-Baltimore County next weekend after posting a 1-0 Class 1A semifinal victory over Loch Raven on Saturday at South River High School.

Williamsport will meet Pocomoke, which knocked off Oakland Mills 2-1 in the other semifinal.

"It will be nice to see a new face since we have faced Oakland Mills the last three times we've been in the championship game," Williamsport coach Stan Stouffer said. "We played with a lot of energy tonight. It's a state playoff game, so you don't expect to score a lot."

The only goal that was necessary came in the 36th minute when senior forward Chris Ciccarelli scored from eight yards out off an assist by Ben Jordan from a throw-in through the box.


Williamsport (16-2) constantly applied pressure throughout the match, getting off 19 shots on goal. But Loch Raven keeper Tom Kuntzman made 11 saves to keep the Raiders close.

Williamsport keeper Jeremy Draper only had to stop half of Loch Raven's six shots, posting his eighth shutout of the season with the help of a solid defensive effort.

"Five of us have played together since we were little kids, and this is a dream to make the championship game," Ciccarelli said of himself, Jordan, Troxell, Draper and Tyler Cannon. "We'll come out Saturday with more intensity and play even harder than we did tonight."

Stouffer's concern coming into the match was stopping Loch Raven's T.J. Jager, the Raiders' team leader with 27 points.

"We knew we had to keep him off the corners and get good looks at the net," Stouffer said.

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