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'Cats break away in second half

October 07, 2005|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - After the Williamsport and Smithsburg boys soccer teams played to a scoreless first half, the offenses broke loose Thursday night.

Unfortunately for the Leopards, the No. 10 Wildcats did most of the breaking - away from the defenders.

Seniors Matt Oliver and Derek Hadley scored two goals each to help Williamsport earn a 5-2 victory in the MVAL Antietam.

"Most of the time, I am giving Phillip Jordan the balls," Oliver said. "Tonight, we just switched roles. It worked out for us. It opened me up for some runs at goal. We have been working hard in practice, and it is starting to come together. Tonight was a big test for us."

"It was a total team effort," Hadley said. "We took our game up a level in the second half. We picked up the slack and we did what we had to do."

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"Eighty percent of the goals we have so far this year have been assisted by another player," Williamsport coach Carlos Reyes said. "So that shows that it is a team effort. ... This was the best I have seen my defense play so far this year. We had a few key players that were hurt for a while, but we have them back now and that makes a difference."

Senior David Hines made eight saves for Williamsport (5-3, 3-0). Sophomore Jake Staebler had nine saves for Smithsburg (6-5-1, 3-2).

"They outplayed us," Leopards coach Paul Newman said. "We made too many mistakes against a good team. With five minutes left, we were down by only one goal. We tried to push some of our defensive people up a little bit to try to create a little more offense. That left some holes in our defensive backfield, and they certainly took advantage of that."

Williamsport scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Hadley scored off a Jordan assist, and Oliver netted an unassisted goal.

James Reilly scored off Ryan Keller's assist to help Smithsburg trim the lead to 2-1.

After Aaron Miles' unassisted goal for the Wildcats, Mark Vomend scored off Josh Edwards' assist to help the Leopards reduce the deficit to 3-2.

Williamsport scored its last two goals in the final five minutes to seal the win. Oliver headed in Jordan's pass, before Hadley scored off an assist by Oliver.

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