Buchman lifts 'Cats past Hubs in 2OT

September 16, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Junior striker Jesse Buchman scored the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining in the second overtime period as the Williamsport boys soccer team squeezed out a 2-1 win over North Hagerstown on Saturday night at Mike Callas Stadium.

Buchman kicked his second goal of the game through the middle on an assist by sophomore midfielder Bryan Whitmore to seal the win for No. 7 Williamsport (3-0).

"I just told Bryan to give me the ball and I'll put it in," Buchman said. "I was happy to come back into the game after I was out briefly when I was cramped up. I knew the keeper was coming out, so I knew the goal was open. I just kicked it off the front of my foot."

Buchman couldn't have been more pleased with the final result.

"It is always great to beat North," he said. "We beat them in a shootout in the opening round of the county tournament. We just played hard. Everybody was tired at the end, but we still stepped up."


Williamsport coach Tim Michael was impressed with Buchman's performance.

"That game-winning goal was pure excitement," Michael said. "Jesse was out for the first five minutes of the second overtime, because he was cramping up. He came back and gave everything he had. It was a beautiful shot. He didn't try to overpower his shot. He just picked his corner and put it in there."

The game was scoreless at halftime.

Williamsport got on the scoreboard first in the 44th minute when Buchman scored an unassisted goal.

North (2-2) tied the game at 1-1 with 40 seconds left in regulation when senior midfielder Derek McAbee scored an unassisted goal.

"In the first half, we were flat," Michael said. "In the second half, I couldn't ask for any more than that. My players showed me what they had. It was a great morale lifter."

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