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Leopards score early and often

October 07, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Smithsburg executed its game plan perfectly and it left Clear Spring with a familiar feeling on Monday night.

The Leopards scored early and often on the way, posting an 8-0 verdict over the Blazers and getting their first win of the season on the field.

Just barely into the third minute of the contest, sophomore striker Mark Vomend scored for Smithsburg and the Leopards were on their way, constantly pummeling Clear Spring keeper Kris Reese.

"That was our game plan ... to come out and to try and score as early as we could," Smithsburg coach Mark Freeman said.

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"Every night we seem to come out and we aren't ready to play and we allow an early goal," said Clear Spring coach Sid Shupp.

Smithsburg (2-7, 2-1 MVAL Antietam) won for the first time on its own accord. The Leopards received a forfeit victory against Williamsport last week.

The Leopards hounded Clear Spring (1-7, 0-2) with an offense that produced 23 shots in the first half and 36 for the game. Smithsburg scored three times in the first 20 minutes of the match.

"It's good to get a win that is earned," Hoffman said. "The kids have worked hard and have not gotten the results."

The eight goals doubled what the Leopards had scored all year, while freshman keeper David Kurz needed to make only two saves off seven Clear Spring shots. The Blazers didn't get their first shot until the 26th minute.

Vomend, who moved from Germany to Smithsburg during the summer to live with an uncle, posted his second hat trick of the season.

He scored off a pass from Jeff Sprecher in the 35th minute to give the Leopards a 5-0 halftime advantage, then blasted a direct kick into the net in the 46th minute for a 7-0 lead.

"(Soccer) is more physical and aggressive here than in Germany and I like that," said Vomend. "I prefer that kind of play. In Germany everything is so technical."

Vomend's parents will be moving to the area soon. In the meantime, he'll work on learning to speak Portugese - his fourth language - in school while looking forward to a future in soccer.

"I love the United States because you can achieve if you work hard," Vomend said. "I want to go on with soccer ... that's my goal."

Senior midfielder Chris Gyurisin scored the first of his two goals just two minutes after Vomend's opening goal, on assists from Jeremy Rupert and Vomend. His second came in the 43rd minute when his shot bounced off the left post, off the keeper and back in line for a successful rebound shot.

Brian Donley also scored twice in the first half - once off an assist from Rupert and the second on a nice right-to-left crossover kick from 12 yards. Rupert added a goal on a penalty kick late in the match.

"We're just too relaxed to start a game," said Shupp. "We've got a lot of young players and three freshmen and three sophomores starting. We'll come around in the future."

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