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Warriors blank Rebels again

September 17, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

For the second time in two weeks, the Boonsboro boys soccer team blanked South Hagerstown.

The No. 5 Warriors (4-1) used goals by Shane Lowery and Keith Welch on Tuesday night at School Stadium to post a hard-earned 2-0 win. Earlier this month, Boonsboro topped South 4-0 in the Washington County Tournament.

"We didn't control the midfield as well as I would have liked, and they played us tough," Boonsboro coach Brad Delauter said. "I thought we did a better job in the second half."

Lowery, one of the area's leading scorers, snapped a scoreless tie with a goal midway through the first half and Welch put the game out of reach with another tally in the closing two minutes of the contest.

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While evaluating the play of both teams, Delauter heaped praise on his goalkeeper, Paul Jordan.

"He's only a sophomore and he's improving with each game," Delauter said. "He had an excellent game (10 saves) tonight."

Opposing goalkeeper Chip Rittenhouse also turned in an excellent effort, collecting 11 saves for South (1-3).

The Rebels had their share of scoring opportunities, especially in the first half, but couldn't could come through.

"We played hard, I couldn't have asked for a better effort," South coach Marc David said. "We had our chances, but we didn't finish things off. We need to fine-tune a few things and we'll be OK. Our early-season schedule has been difficult, but I'm seeing some progress in our play."

David said the South gameplan was to try to contain Lowery. The senior scored three goals against the Warriors in the first meeting between the two schools.

He was held in check Tuesday but the Rebels still had problems on their offensive end of the field.

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