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South spots Leopards early goals

September 12, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

SMITHSBURG -- Andrew Fowkes and Joe Barvir scored early goals Thursday, setting the tone for Smithsburg's 4-2 boys soccer win over South Hagerstown.

The Leopards (2-1-1) tacked on another goal by Steve Kretzer to grab a 3-0 halftime lead and held off the Rebels in the final 40 minutes of a physical contest in which three yellow cards were issued.

"I thought Barvir turned in a tremendous effort and I also liked the play of (defenseman) Brent Dudley and (keeper) Brett Toms," Smithsburg coach Stan Wade said. "I think we relaxed after scoring those two early goals and we lacked some concentration the rest of the way."

The game was less than two minutes old when Fowkes took a long pass from Kretzer on the left side of the field and booted the ball past South keeper Chip Rittenhouse.

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Five minutes later, Barvir maneuvered the ball in front of the goal and pushed it past Rittenhouse for a second score.

Kretzer put the finishing touches on the first-half scoring spree off an assist from Bryan Johnson.

"It's always nice to get a win, but we need more consistency," Wade said. "We started out well but then lost some intensity."

Nick Ziolkowski scored both of South's goals, including one on a penalty kick.

"Once we figured out the mistakes and made some adjustments, we played well," said South coach Marc David. "I know we were coming off a loss to Boonsboro (4-0 in the county tournament) but I discount that. It was a fluke. The weather was horrible."

The Rebels closed the gap to 3-1 on Ziolkowski's first goal in the 42nd minute, but Kretzer countered for Smithsburg 20 minutes later off an assist from Jeremy Boyd.

Ziolkowski's penalty kick concluded the scoring.

"I thought we did a nice job after getting off to such a tough start," David said. "It was a matter of adjusting to what they were doing."

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