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Wildcats spoil Hubs' upset bid

October 13, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Behind solid defensive play, North Hagerstown was on the way to its biggest victory of the year in boys soccer - about 30 seconds from pulling off a 1-0 shocker over No. 10 Williamsport.

Suddenly, with the Wildcats in relentless pursuit of a goal and the referee's clock nearing zero, Phil Jordan headed in a shot off a corner kick to make it 1-1 and gain extra playing time.

After a scoreless first overtime, and with less than two minutes to play in the second OT, Matt Oliver's cross into the middle of the 18-yard box found a well-placed Derek Hadley, who wheeled around and placed a shot past North keeper Josh Borland and into the net for a 2-1 Wildcats victory in Tuesday's MVAL Antietam thriller.

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"We took a while to wake up tonight," said Williamsport coach Carlos Reyes.

"(Williamsport) put a lot of pressure on us in the end," said North coach Glen Singer.

Williamsport (7-3, 5-0) defeated North 3-1 in the Washington County Tournament on Sept. 10, but the Hubs (4-8, 3-3) came out a different team on Wednesday.

"(North) was playing its best soccer all year," said Singer. "They are starting to understand this game and what they have to do to win."

The Wildcats squandered three scoring opportunities in the first 30 minutes, as Hadley misfired twice and Derek Wolfensberger missed in close.

"We just couldn't open up the field enough," said Reyes. "The conditions weren't that good, but it was that way for both teams. And we didn't expect them to play defense like they did."

North gained its 1-0 advantage in the 34th minute when Fred Kreiger skirted down the sideline on a breakaway and sent a pass to Michael Bear. Ethan Unruh was the benefactor of a crisp pass from Bear, and delivered his shot past Williamsport keeper David Hines.

"(North) did a good job of collapsing on us defensively," said Hadley, who didn't miss a second of action and posted his 11th goal of the year. "They know what we have and were marking us. We had to win after getting the tie ... a tie is as bad as a loss."

Both keepers were excellent. Hines stopped six of North's 13 shots and Borland saved seven of Williamsport's 16 shots.

The JV match ended in a scoreless tie.

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