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'Cats hang on, beat South

October 19, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Williamsport boys soccer coach Carlos Reyes was wondering if some of his players might have been overconfident against South Hagerstown at School Stadium on Monday.

It almost proved costly to the Wildcats, who hung on to edge the Rebels 3-2 in a MVAL Antietam match.

"I think that some of our players underestimated South," Reyes said. "This should be a lesson to us: You never underestimate an opponent. Sometimes, it is not if you play a pretty game. It depends on whether or not that you can score. Sometimes, our players have to be pushed a little bit harder when they don't play one of the top teams. We know that we have the skills, but we weren't using them. We weren't playing our game."

The Wildcats (6-7-1, 4-2-1) outshot the Rebels, 25-3.

Williamsport struck first in the ninth minute when Derek Hadley scored a goal on the left side off a pass from Aaron Miles.

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Daniel Gossard scored unassisted on the right side in the 33rd minute to give the Wildcats a 2-0 halftime lead.

Phillip Jordan scored off a corner kick from Matthew Oliver in the 63rd minute to extend Williamsport's lead to 3-0.

South's Stephen Ampadu made 11 saves as he kept the Wildcats from running away with the match.

Sean Marriner got South (4-7-1, 1-4-1) on the scoreboard in the 66th minute when he scored unassisted through the middle to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

Michael Neel scored off an assist from David West in the 80th minute to cut the Williamsport lead to 3-2.

"We changed our defense up a little bit," South Hagerstown coach Jim Mills said. "We put Ben Cafarelli at sweeper tonight. He kept things together and the defense played more calm. David West did a good job tonight by spreading the ball around. He did a lot of unselfish things to help us out."

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