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Practice makes 'Cats near-perfect

October 02, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT -- Sophomore Amber Shoemaker scored three first-half goals Wednesday - including two within a minute of play - and sparked Williamsport to a 4-1 MVAL Antietam win over Brunswick.

"We put a complete game together tonight," Williamsport coach Joe Burger said. "We have a young team and we have played a very tough early-season schedule. We've been working on some different things in practice and I thought tonight we put it all together."

Williamsport (2-6, 1-2) put the pressure on Brunswick's defense the entire evening for numerous scoring opportunities.

Shoemaker opened the scoring in the seventh minute on a beautiful assist from Morgan Keplinger.

The senior outraced Brunswick defenders down the right sideline and pushed the ball to Shoemaker in the middle of the field, setting up the score past Brunswick goalie Elly McCartney.

After Jordan Hutchins tied the game for Brunswick (0-7, 0-3) in the 17th minute, Shoemaker took matters into her own hands.

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She scored in 29th minute on another assist from Keplinger and came back in the 30th minute - just 57 seconds later - with a third tally.

Burger used a variety of lineups in the final 40 minutes - including replacing starting goalkeeper Lexi Barnes with Lexi Bryan - with the two-goal lead.

"I'm trying to establish a little competition there but I thought they both played well," Burger said.

Williamsport got the final goal when Abby Goge scored in the 77th minute on an assist from Chelsey Baturin.

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