Tano does all the scoring as South blanks rival North

October 19, 2007|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown senior Alain Tano scored two second-half goals, lifting the Rebels to a 2-0 victory over rival North Hagerstown in an MVAL Piedmont boys soccer game Thursday night at Mike Callas Stadium.

"It was a good game," Tano said. "Both teams played hard on the field. We knew that we could win. Everybody came here tonight ready to play."

It was South's first victory over North since 2004.

"It personally felt wonderful," South coach Marc David said. "Everybody did their part. I think the biggest key was the amount of intensity that these guys played with right from the start. The entire team did what they were supposed to do. The defense stood up and the offense showed up."

Tano gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute, scoring on an assist from Ray J. Kigembe.

Tano added his second goal on an assist by Vo San in the final minute.


"It was difficult to score the first goal because of the defense," Tano said. "But I was able to bump it in with my head. It was easy to score the second goal, because the defense was wide open."

South freshman goalkeeper Chip Rittenhouse made six saves for the shutout. Rittenhouse has recorded three shutouts in the two wins and the tie that South (2-9-1, 1-3) has this year.

"I was very nervous at the beginning," Rittenhouse said. "I was coming out a lot to defend, because they had some breakaway balls and my defense could not get back for it. I am proud of the way that my teammates stepped up. They were helping out on defense, especially around the net where everybody would be in there."

Colin Lodter made eight saves for the Hubs (4-9, 0-4), who outshot South 17-10.

"South played hard," North coach Glen Singer said. "They capitalized on their chances. They played good defense. They had chances to score and did. We had chances to score and didn't. That was the difference in the game."

"I had a good feeling that we would beat North," South senior defender David Stone said. "We showed up and we just flat out beat them."

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