Warriors find way into county finals

Boonsboro boys score big win

Boonsboro boys score big win

September 05, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

WILLIAMSPORT - Boonsboro is the team to beat this year in Washington County boys soccer.

That seemed to be the consensus this weekend at the season-opening county tournament.

"That's what everyone's saying, and that kind of scares me," Boonsboro coach Brad Distad said. "But it's the kind of pressure that we want."

Of course, Williamsport still has its opinion - and it's one that still counts.

"Boonsboro's looking good, but I think we have a good chance," Williamsport midfielder Dan Gossard said. "Until they prove themselves against us, we're not scared of anybody, in this area at least."

The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in last year's final Herald-Mail poll, and the upstart Warriors will play for the county title Sept. 18 at School Stadium.


In Saturday's semifinals, Williams-port turned back South Hagerstown 4-1, and Boonsboro wiped out Clear Spring, 10-0.

Gossard led the Wildcats with two goals and an assist. He scored from 25 yards out in the 26th minute, driving the ball into the right corner of the net past a diving Stephen Ampadu, to give Williamsport a 1-0 halftime lead.

The Wildcats went up 2-0 with 19:49 left in the game as Phil Jordan headed in Gossard's corner kick. They made it 3-0 five minutes later on a goal by Charles Spoonire.

Ben Cafarelli cut the deficit to 3-1 with 12:06 remaining, but the Rebels' offense couldn't find another opening.

Gossard rounded out the scoring in the final moments of the game.

Williamsport outshot the Rebels 28-7 and outcornered them, 9-2. Credit the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ampadu, who made 16 saves, and the South defense for keeping it as close as it was.

"They marked us tight. It was a physical game," Gossard said. "(Ampadu) is a solid keeper, very athletic for his size."

Boonsboro got two goals from Mark Connelly and one each from Rick Tonetti, Ryan Alick, Nick Stenerson, Tyler McKenrick, Keisuke Matsuno, Dave Stout, Scott Hart and Jake Munson.

"We got 10 goals from nine players," Distad said. "We're moving the ball around and shooting from all over the place."

He knows it will take a similar effort to get past Williamsport.

"They're always a tough team, and we expect a very tough game," Distad said. "They're the team that everybody respects."

In the consolation game, North Hagerstown blanked Smithsburg, 3-0.

Fred Kreiger scored two goals, James Idol had one and Brian Williamson made eight saves for the Hubs, last year's county champs.

"We would have rather been playing in one that counted or gave us the ability to advance," North coach Glen Singer said. "But it was nice for the boys to get their first victory. They were a little bit tight last night (in a 2-0 loss to Williamsport), but were much more loose today."

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