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Mellott's goal lifts Wildcats

October 04, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Williamsport senior midfielder Leah Mellott wanted a victory so badly, she took matters onto her own feet Tuesday night.

Mellott scored both goals to lead the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over South Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam girls soccer game at School Stadium.

Mellott's second goal came in the 71st minute on an unassisted run through the middle to snap a 1-1 tie.

"I really wanted to win this game," Mellott said. "I saw the opportunity and I took it. It felt really good because it helped us get another victory and it will boost our confidence up for the next game. ... We played well in the second half as a team to finish it off."

Mellott scored her first goal on an assist by junior midfielder Morgan Smith in the 10th minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.

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"These are The Cardiac Kids," Williamsport coach J.R. Mellott said. "Probably the biggest key to the win was that, during our last three games, we have been able to hold together well as a team late in the game. The defense stepped up when they had to and the midfield stepped up when they had to. It was a total team win, actually.

"We scored when we had to."

Sophomore Christine Kantner scored the Rebels' only goal through the middle on an assist by senior Jena Mannick in the closing moments of the first half. South senior goalkeeper Brittany Shadrach made 12 saves.

Williamsport (3-3, 3-0) outshot South (2-5-1, 1-3-1), 21-12.

"In the beginning, we kept losing our marks," Rebels coach Bruce Buhrman said. "After 20 minutes, we were able to get the girls to rectify that, and we marked well the rest of the game. A couple of little mistakes gave them the opportunity to score."

Williamsport won the JV game, 5-0.

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