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Pa. stars win charity event

November 21, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Showcasing some of the area's top talent in boys soccer while raising money for the fight against cancer, the second annual Herald-Mail vs. Public Opinion Four Diamonds Senior All-Star Game was a win-win situation at Rip Engle Stadium on Thursday night.

The Public Opinion's Pennsylvania team extended that theme to the scoreboard, edging The Herald-Mail's All-Washington County squad 1-0 for the second straight year.

"That was a good soccer game," said Waynesboro coach and event organizer Steve Tanner. "It was a win-win. The guys had a good time and we made over $1,000."

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All of the game's proceeds will go to the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Fund.

"Having lost a sister to cancer, that's why I like this game," said Williamsport coach Stan Stouffer, who helped guide the Maryland team with other county coaches. "It's for a good cause, and that's what matters."

Winning it also meant something.

"It was state pride, Pennsylvania vs. Maryland," said Chambersburg's Caleb Davis, who scored the game's only goal. "You're playing for your school and your state, too."

Davis broke the scoreless tie in the 67th minute, taking a pass from Waynesboro's Mark Mishler about 12 yards out and shooting it into the right corner of the net, off the hands of diving keeper Russell Hoyt of Smithsburg.

"We really wanted that game," Stouffer said. "We had the best of them, I thought. I thought we outplayed them. They just had some wheels up front."

Davis said Pennsylvania's offense started clicking once the team's players became more familiar with each other.

"The first half, we didn't know anybody, so it's kind of hard to just come out and play," he said. "But we got used to it by the second half and came out with more intensity."

Pennsylvania edge Maryland 12-10 in shots and 7-1 in corners. Fannett-Metal keeper Cole Daniel made three saves for the shutout, while Hoyt and Williamsport's Jeremy Draper combined for eight saves.

"There was good talent on both sides of the ball," said North Hagerstown's Glen Singer, who also helped coach Maryland. "They were fortunate enough to capitalize and we weren't.

"But it was for a good cause and we were happy to be here."

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