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Williamsport, Smithsburg boys reach county soccer final

September 09, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

CLEAR SPRING - There's little separation in talent and ability between the Williamsport and Boonsboro boys soccer teams.

That made the Warriors' struggles to find the net all the more noticeable Saturday in the semifinals of the Washington County Boys Soccer Tournament.

Boonsboro held a 17-14 shots advantage and enjoyed several extended stretches of ball control, but it was Williamsport's presence inside the box - anchored by goalie Derek Munro - that allowed the Wildcats to post a 3-1 victory and advance to the tournament finals against Smithsburg, a 4-2 winner over Clear Spring, at School Stadium on Sept. 22.

"(Munro) played a heck of a game for us," said Williamsport coach Tim Michael. "He was getting shot on pretty good, but he was doing a nice job of keeping the ball in front of him. He just played his angles great."

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Munro finished with 13 saves, including three during a Warriors' offensive blitz midway through the first half. Trailing 1-0, Boonsboro reeled off four shots in a two-minute span. But Munro caught three and a fourth went wide to keep the Warriors scoreless.

Shane Lowery's goal with just under 26 minutes left finally got Boonsboro (2-1) on the board to pull the score to 3-1. But the Warriors squandered six more scoring chances and got no closer.

"That might have been kind of a wake-up call," Michael said. "But even after that, Boonsboro still controlled the ball for five to 10 minute stretches. We're two evenly matched teams, we just couldn't let up."

There was no slacking in the opening minute for the Wildcats (2-0). Just 25 seconds into the game, Jesse Buchman took a pass from Edwin Reyes up the right sideline and angled toward Boonsboro goalie Jake Burtner. Buchman's shot deflected off a Warriors defender and into the net for a quick 1-0 advantage.

The Wildcats carried the lead into halftime and made it 2-0 10 minutes into the second half when Brandon Barlow lined the ball from about 20 yards. Just three minutes later, Reyes scored off the hands of Burtner to up the lead to 3-0.

· Josh Edwards had a hat trick to lead Smithsburg (2-0) in the other semifinal.

Jarrett Martin and Matt Blair scored for Clear Spring (0-3).

· Ben Crampton and Mike Baer each scored twice as North Hagerstown rolled past South Hagerstown 6-1 in the fifth-place game. Tim Gullace and Lochin Gilmanov each added a goal for the Hubs (1-1), who outshot the Rebels, 27-3.

David Stone scored on a penalty kick with less than 10 minutes remaining to keep South (0-3) from the shutout. Chip Rittenhouse had six saves.

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