Reyes, Wildcats bounce Boonsboro

October 26, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT - Michael Reyes scored a goal two minutes into the second half Thursday and it provided the Williamsport boys soccer team a 1-0 win over visiting Boonsboro in the first round of the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs.

Williamsport (9-7) will travel to play Northern Garrett in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

It was a hard-fought, physical contest between the two Washington County schools Thursday. Williamsport goalkeeper Derek Munro - who recorded his third consecutive shutout - and Boonsboro goalkeeper Jake Burtner both contributed outstanding efforts to keep the game close.

Following a scoreless first half, Williamsport put the pressure on Burtner early in the second and finally hit the scoreboard when Reyes drilled the game-winning shot from 30 yards out.

Minutes earlier, a Williamsport goal was ruled no good because of an offsides infraction.

"I was in good position, I hit it good," Reyes said. "We were having problems scoring, and I was glad to contribute a goal. It's nice to win a region game."


Conor Doherty had control of the ball on the right side of the field and pushed it to Reyes standing in the middle of the field. The ball bounced off his chest, to the ground and - seconds later - went flying past Burtner.

"We made some adjustments at halftime," Williamsport coach Tim Michael said. "We were more intense. I told the team we needed to step to the ball more, put the ball more on the ground than in the air. Reyes made a great goal and Munro was phenomenal in goal. He's had a great season."

Boonsboro coach Brad Delauter said his team didn't go away quietly.

"The effort was there. We just couldn't score," Delauter said. "We played hard, but Williamsport got the win. It's disappointing."

Boonsboro, which split with Williamsport during the regular season, finished the year with a 6-8-1 record.

The Warriors played without one of their leading scorers, junior Shane Lowery, but coach Delauter said he was impressed with the play of Burtner, Blaine Ford, Jonathan Miller and Steve Kopp.

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