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Warriors begin title defense in style

September 09, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Defending Washington County boys soccer tournament champion Boonsboro showed enough firepower Thursday to be considered a real threat to repeat, despite having just three starters back this season.

Mark Connelly scored twice to lead the Warriors, who scored three goals in the final 25 minutes to put away South Hagerstown, 6-2.

"I'm really pleased with what I'm seeing this early in the season," Boonsboro coach Brad Distad said.

Eric Fries, Rick Tonetti, Tyler McKenrick and Ryan Alick added goals for the Warriors, who withstood two counterattack goals by the Rebels' Ben Caffarelli, including a fantastic chip shot over Boonsboro keeper Evan Lowery to tie the score 1-1 in the 25th minute.

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"They had more ammo," South coach Jim Mills said of Boonsboro. "Caffarelli stood out for us. Both of those goals were great goals."

- North Hagerstown played impressively for 30 minutes, then went to sleep for the next 50 and gave Clear Spring new life before the Hubs escaped with a 3-2 victory.

Goals by Tim Gullace, Ethan Unruh and Ben Crampton gave North a 3-0 lead 22 minutes in, as the Hubs made several runs through the Blazers' overmatched back line and created at least a half-dozen breakaways.

"In the beginning, we were stringing some passes together and we found a few holes," North coach Glen Singer said. "We'd have liked to have finished a few more, but at least we were getting them. That's half the battle."

Adam Kriner's counterattack goal in the 38th minute gave Clear Spring life at halftime.

Kriner added another goal on a broken play in the 73rd minute as the Blazers gave the suddenly listless Hubs a scare.

"We had to change a lot of things defensively," Clear Spring coach Greg Hoff said. "Once we got our players where they needed to be, we did better. That goal for us at the end of the (first) half picked us up and changed the flow of the game."

- Phil Jordan, Charlie Spoonire and Derek Hadley each scored an unassisted goal and Williamsport defeated Smithsburg 3-1 in Thursday's final first-round game.

Sonny Hines made three saves for the Wildcats, who entered halftime tied 1-1 with the Leopards before pulling away.

Josh Edwards scored Smithsburg's only goal off an assist by Mark Bomend.

- Saturday's schedule: Smithsburg vs. South Hagerstown, 4 p.m.; Williamsport vs. North Hagerstown, 6; Boonsboro vs. Clear Spring, 8.

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