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Shutouts highlight boys tournament

September 04, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - The South Hagerstown boys soccer team might not need to score a lot of goals this season to finally find some success.

If Friday evening's first round of the season-opening Washington County Tournament is any indicator, success seems to have found the Rebels.

Junior goalkeeper Stephen Ampadu, who recently moved to Hagerstown from Ghana, West Africa, made 11 saves and David West, Michael Neel and Ben Cafarelli each scored a goal as South shut out Clear Spring, 3-0.

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"(Ampadu) dropped into our lap," Rebels coach Jim Mills said. "We knew we had a good defense, and he was the missing piece we needed. ... He's awesome. The soccer gods have blessed us."

In Friday's other games, Boonsboro blanked Smithsburg 5-0 and Williamsport beat North Hagerstown, 2-0. In today's games at Williamsport, North plays Smithsburg for fifth place at 4 p.m., while the semifinals are South vs. Williamsport at 6 and Boonsboro vs. Clear Spring at 8. The final is Sept. 18 at School Stadium.

Mills certainly had reason to feel blessed Friday. It was the Rebels' first victory since 2001, the year before he became their head coach.

"Finally," Mills said. "It's been a long time coming."

"I was proud to be a part of it," Ampadu said. "I knew we were going to win."

Boonsboro's win also was a first of sorts.

"We've been harping on the fact that we've never opened up the season with a win since the conception of this tournament," Boonsboro coach Brad Distad said. "Starting the season with a win has been a rare thing at Boonsboro. We're ecstatic."

Jake Munson, Mike Dowell, Dan Tonetti, Nick Stenersen and Adam Dellinger each had a goal for the Warriors, while Evan Lowery made three saves for the shutout.

"It was nice to get five goals from five guys," Distad said. "I don't know if we have one go-to player, and that forces us to play as a team. No one is depending on one player to carry this team."

In the nightcap, Williamsport bounced defending champ North from title contention.

The Wildcats went up 1-0 in the first half as Phil Jordan's throw-in pass deflected off a North player into the goal. Jordan scored unassisted in the second half.

Williamsport goalie Matt Sweigert made 16 saves for the shutout.

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