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Hubs avenge loss to 'Cats

September 23, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

North Hagerstown had an offensive explosion on the soccer field Wednesday and it was good enough to give the Hubs a 2-1 boys victory over Williamsport in the MVAL Antietam Conference lidlifter at North.

Averaging less than one goal per outing in their first six matches that produced a 2-3-1 record, the Hubs scored in each half to avenge a 2-0 loss to Williamsport earlier this season in the Washington County tournament.

The biggest goal, and possibly a surprising one, came off the left foot of senior midfielder Zach Mathews from 18 yards out and got past Williamsport keeper Matt Sweigert in the 77th minute.

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His boot was kicked with some topspin and seemingly took a bounce with some "English" on it that left Sweigert lunging unsuccessfully for the save.

"I kind of thought it was going to be good when I kicked it," Mathews said of his first goal of the season. "But when I kick with my left foot, I pretty much can't control where it goes."

Coming off a 0-0 tie with No. 8 Frederick, Hubs coach Glen Singer has the "getting better" feeling with his team.

"I think we've been getting better every game and our defense has been pretty stingy," Singer said. "It's been a big question when we score, but I'm happy for Zach today. ... He's worked real hard."

Meanwhile, Williamsport first-year coach Carlos Reyes said his Wildcats (3-3) were severely hampered by the loss of senior midfielder Shawn Miller and junior forward Phillip Jordan, both important cogs in the attack. Both are out with injuries that will keep them sidelined for another two weeks.

"That was the only difference in the game ... Jordan and Miller not playing," Reyes said. "We dominated them offensively. We had players playing different positions."

North opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Fred Kreiger took a pass from Brennan Smith, drew Sweigert out from the goal to his left and fired away successfully.

Williamsport came back to knot the score 1-1 in the 21st minute when Dan Gossard swept past Logan Miller and knocked in an 18-yarder past Hubs keeper Brian Williamson.

Each team made a pair of strong efforts to score in the second half, but it wasn't until Mathews' heroics the tie was broken.

North outshot Williamsport, 16-14. Each keeper made seven saves.

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