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Williamsport gets first goals, victory

September 12, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Williamsport and South Hagerstown were two girls soccer teams looking for their first score and first victory Tuesday night.

It was visiting Williamsport that got the monkey off its back as the Wildcats scored all their goals in the first half of a 3-0 victory over the Rebels at School Stadium.

"It's always good to get that first victory," said Joe Burger, who got his first win as Williamsport's coach. "The girls have been learning a whole new system."

The Wildcats (1-2) struck in the 13th minute when Morgan Keplinger sidestepped South goalkeeper Chandler Shipway to knock in a shot from 10 yards out. Keplinger broke away from the South defense and Shipway came out to test Keplinger, who stepped quickly to Shipway's right.

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It was the start of a scoring flurry for Williamsport.

Six minutes later, Amy Taylor delivered a shot from Shipway's left that went wide through the box, but teammate Abby Goge was on the other end to control the ball. With an opening in sight, Goge connected to make it 2-0.

Just three minutes later, Williamsport's attacking offense struck for a 3-0 lead as Emily Tritsch scored inside 10 yards on a shot from the left side of the goal.

"It's not so much we wanted to get off to a fast start as it was we talked about controlling the middle of the field," Burger said. "So, we made some personnel changes."

After a weekend without success in the Washington County Tournament, Burger moved Lauren McVicker and Jessie Palmer, two of the team's leaders, into the middle.

"With them there we're able to control more defensively," said Burger. "We won a lot of balls in the middle tonight."

And that's where South coach Scott Buhrman said his team was beaten.

"We had some breakdowns and lack of control and (Williamsport) connected on their passes from the middle," said Buhrman, himself a first-year head coach. "They are a bigger team and when they got a 1-on-1 on us, they were able to push off and move forward."

But an improved effort by the Rebels (0-3) in the second half kept the match close. They moved with more authority and got off seven of their 11 shots, forcing Williamsport keeper Lexi Barnes to make four good stops.

"It's a matter of trusting one another," said Buhrman, who has seven freshmen, most seeing extensive playing time. "They're fresh from club ball, been well-prepared and there is some talent."

Shipway had six saves on 15 Williamsport shots.

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