Hubs, Rebels, Warriors open tourney with wins

September 06, 2008|By Jack Hill III

WILLIAMSPORT -- North Hagerstown, Boonsboro and South Hagerstown earned victories in the first round of the Washington County Public Schools boys soccer tournament on Friday at Williamsport.

The Hubs started off the day by beating defending county champion Smithsburg, 5-1. The Warriors edged Williamsport 3-2 before the Rebels defeated Clear Spring, 4-2.

* North Hagerstown took control early and outshot Smithsburg, 22-7.

"Our motto this year is to work hard for each other," Hubs coach Glen Singer said. "We tried to control the ball and the midfield. We tried to make good connections and keep our heads up. We tried to make smart plays on defense. It's always good to score early. It helps your confidence and it puts the pressure on the other team."

Senior striker Michael Baer scored three goals and added an assist for the Hubs.

"We did our best," Baer said. "I couldn't have scored those goals without my team. They pretty much got the ball to me and I did what I could to get it to the back of the net."


Matt Johnston and Allen Sandberg added a goal each, while Alex Rauch and Charlie Brasher had an assist each for the Hubs.

Senior Andrew Fowkes scored the Leopards' only goal on a penalty kick.

* Boonsboro came back from a 2-1 deficit in the second half to get past Williamsport.

"It was a good win to open the season," Boonsboro coach Brad Delauter said. "I was very pleased. We are very well-conditioned. Our boys just didn't give up and that just put us through the game. The closing minutes were awesome. Everybody was playing well on defense. When we got the ball, we were moving it down the field."

Shane Lowery scored two goals, Keith Welch added one and Ryan Barrett had an assist for the Warriors. Goalkeeper Paul Jordan made 14 saves.

Williamsport goalie Derek Munro made 15 saves, while Michael Reyes scored both of the Wildcats' goals. Jordan Payne had an assist.

"It was a good high school game," Wildcats coach Chris Downs said. "They were just better in the air than we were. I am encouraged by the amount of opportunities that we had against a quality team like Boonsboro."

* South Hagerstown raced to a 3-0 lead to set the tone for its win over Clear Spring.

"I was impressed with the overall effort of our team," Rebels coach Marc David said. "We just wanted to go out and play our game. We were able to do that."

Rebels goalie Chip Rittenhouse made nine saves. Kyle Picard, Jordan Dickens, Guilherme Souze and Zack Smith scored a goal each. Nick Ziolkowski had two assists, while Dusten Myers and Smith each added an assist.

Gavin Myers and Mathew Blair both scored and Elliott Reid had an assist for the Blazers.

"South played a good game," Clear Spring coach Mark Myers said. "The ball just didn't roll our way."

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