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Maryland stays south of Pennsylvania in all-star soccer match

November 14, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With new players every year, it's hard to treat the Four Diamonds Senior All-Star Game as a true rivalry.

It's even more difficult considering the Public Opinion's Southcentral Pennsylvania stars are undefeated in the series against The Herald-Mail's Washington County team.

Pennsylvania continued its dominance Tuesday night as it rolled to a 5-0 victory at Rip Engle Stadium, improving to 5-0-1 in the annual game.

"I was told coming into the game that we hadn't lost in this game," said Pennsylvania coach Greg Best of Fannett-Metal. "We definitely wanted to keep the streak going. Nobody wanted to be the first team to lose it."

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The Pennsylvania stars have outscored Washington County 19-3 since the series began in 2002. They showed that they were, in fact, all stars Tuesday as a different player scored each goal.

Shalom Christian's Zach Myers started things with a score in the second minute of action. Cumberland Valley Christian's Charles McBeth scored in the 13th minute and Greencastle-Antrim's Evon Wiestling added one in the 23rd minute as the Pennsylvania stars staked a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Mercersburg Academy's Ethan Strickler kept on the offensive prowl with a goal in the 42nd minute and James Buchanan's Kris Potter capped the scoring with a goal in the 52nd minute.

"That just shows how many good players are out there on the field," Best said. "The forwards and midfielders really moved the ball well and spread it around."

The Pennsylvania stars held the advantages in shots on goal (13-4) and corner kicks (8-3). Often, the Washington County players simply made bad touches to cost them good looks at the goal. The final shot was quite possibly the best for a Washington County player with just over two minutes left, but the header by North Hagerstown's Nick Rauch was stopped by Chambersburg goalie Ethan Jednat.

"Even though the record is (0-5-1), this is just a showcase for the seniors," said Smithsburg coach Paul Newman, who headed the Washington County stars. "Sure, if they had their way, they would win the game, but they don't necessarily play to win. They play to play, and play for a good cause."

The event raised $1,038 in gate sales and donations. Additional proceeds from concessions at the game will be added to the total and given to the Four Diamonds Cancer Fun.

ยท At halftime, the Franklin County chapter of PIAA officials presented Cumberland Valley Christian School coach Jon Shannon with a check in the name of the Timothy Madeiros and Ethan Gunnell memorial fund. Madeiros and Gunnell died in a car accident Oct. 19.

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