Rebels do extra time to defeat Clear Spring

October 24, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

Senior Vo San scored the winning goal with 40 seconds remaining in double overtime and classmate Alain Tano added two earlier scores as the South Hagerstown High School boys' soccer team celebrated "Senior Night" by upsetting Clear Spring, 3-2.

"This is great," San said following the contest ? played mostly in a steady rain. "We've played a tough schedule this year, we're improving game-by-game. I'm glad I contributed the (winning) goal but I'm just as happy passing to teammates. I'll take assists over goals anytime."

South High entered the contest with a 2-10-1 record but certainly didn't play like an underdog. Clear Spring is 6-7.

Tano scored two second-half goals within nine minutes to give South a 2-1 cushion but Clear Spring's Francesco Scotto di Carlo tallied his second goal of the game moments later. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation.

Following a scoreless first overtime session, San finally settled matters late in the second overtime period.


"This is a fine group of young men and they've really improved in the second half of the season," South Hagerstown coach Marc David said. "Being in my first year, it took me awhile to make the proper adjustments regarding personnel but the guys have responded. We have lost some close games this year but we are very competitive right now."

Tano was happy to supply two goals.

"I wanted this win for the team, being Senior Night it was something special," Tano said. "We're going into the Middletown game (the first round of the regionals on Friday) with a lot of confidence."

Teammate Grady Shingler said the key to victory was controlling the center while teammate David Stone was impressed with the strong overall effort against another quality opponent.

Clear Spring coach Mark Myers had mixed reviews.

"South has improved but we looked very tired out there. It was our fourth game in six days. We also didn't get some breaks."

The major "break" that Myers will remember came in the closing minutes of the second overtime when Adam Reid scored the apparent winning goal but the officials ruled South Hagerstown freshman goalie Chip Rittenhouse deflected the scoring attempt off the football crossbar ? out of bounds ? and Reid's shot was ruled no good.

Now both teams are headed for postseason play on Friday. Clear Spring entertains Poolesville and South Hagerstown goes to Middletown.

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