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Blazers get a Reid on 'Cats

September 08, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

SMITHSBURG - It was as stunning a goal to Clear Spring forward Adam Reid as it was to everyone else in Smithsburg's stadium.

Seconds into Thursday's Washington County Boys Soccer Tournament first-round match against Williamsport, Reid made a steal at midfield, beat two Wildcats defenders on the dribble and slotted the first shot of the game - and the first goal of his prep career - past keeper Patrick Hammond, jump-starting Clear Spring's 2-0 victory.

"I just went for the goal," Reid said. "I couldn't even tell you what I was thinking. I was quite surprised."

Reid added another goal in the 70th minute, taking Jarret Martin's square ball, which just slipped past a Williamsport defender, and shooting it past Hammond into the left side of the goal to give the Blazers some insurance.

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"Us coming out and scoring in the first 30 seconds, that set the momentum and the tempo for the whole team," Clear Spring coach Greg Hoff said. "We really should be able to hold our own this year. The talent and the quality is there, it's just a matter of putting it together every night."

After managing just four shots in the first half, the Wildcats picked it up in the second half, unleashing 12 more. But Blazers keeper Andrew Beadle was up to the task, making two fine saves - one on Michael Reyes' point-blank blast after Reyes took a ball in front facing away from the goal and made a nice turn to his left in the 63rd minute with the score still 1-0, and one when Beadle dived to his left to stop Reyes' penalty kick in the 75th minute.

"We had some chances in the first half as well, we just couldn't finish," Wildcats coach Carlos Reyes said. "This is a really young group, and we have a lot of work to do."

In Thursday's opening match, North Hagerstown junior Derek McAbee displayed his skill in dominating the midfield play in the first half of the Hubs' match against rival South Hagerstown.

McAbee scored North's second goal in the 33rd minute off a square ball from Michael Baer, and set up numerous other good opportunities as the Hubs defeated the Rebels, 2-0.

"He's very good on the ball," North coach Glen Singer said. "He has a good first touch, which gives him time to deliver a good ball."

North outshot South 15-4 in the first half. The Hubs took the lead in the 19th minute when Ben Crampton gathered the rebound of Joey House's shot and, from a sharp left angle, shot high over South keeper Jason David into the top right corner.

The Rebels played better in the second half, outshooting the Hubs, 7-5. But North keeper Josh Borland was up to the task, making six second-half saves to preserve the shutout.

"We talked to them at the half, got them straightened out and I was pretty pleased with the effort on the second half," South coach Jim Mills said.

n In the late game, Rick Tonetti and Shane Lowery scored goals in the final 12 minutes to lead Boonsboro past Smithsburg, 3-2.

"I was really proud of our captain, Rick Tonetti," Boonsboro coach Brad Distad said. "He kept us in the game, tied the game and was the definition of a true leader tonight. A lot of credit goes to him."

The Warriors held a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to Keith Welch's goal, but the Leopards stormed back to take the lead on a pair of goals by Josh Edwards before Boonsboro made the final surge.

"Playing a team that's that good, this early, with so much at stake, my kids were really not focused," Smithsburg coach Paul Newman said. "They were nervous, they were psyched up, and when they settled down and played their game, they showed they can play with Boonsboro. At the end, Boonsboro showed they wanted it more and our kids got nervous again."

n Saturday's schedule: Fifth-place game - South Hagerstown vs. Williamsport, 4; Semifinals - North Hagerstown vs. Boonsboro, 6; Smithsburg vs. Clear Spring, 8.

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