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Warriors get their fill of 'Cats' Reyes

October 03, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO -- Williamsport's boys soccer team got the spacing in its offense it likes and used a pinpoint passing game to post a 3-1 victory over No. 6 Boonsboro in an MVAL Antietam contest Thursday night.

With the teams meeting for the third time this season, the Wildcats (5-4, 1-0) took the upper hand in the season series with their second win to back up the Washington County title they captured 3-0 on Sept. 20.

Boonsboro (6-3, 1-1) has certainly seen enough of Michael Reyes.

Reyes had a goal and an assist on Thursday. Five of his eight goals this season have come against Boonsboro.

"We try to play wide on offense and that creates opportunities for us," said Williamsport coach Chris Downs.

From the deep corner, Reyes whistled a pass into the 18-yard box and Jordan Payne met the ball perfectly with his foot and knocked it past Boonsboro keeper Paul Jordan in the 14th minute.

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Six minutes later, Boonsboro knotted the match when Micaiah Jessie -- in a congested area in front of Williamsport keeper Derek Munro -- took a deflection from 10 yards out and scored.

Reyes wasn't the only Wildcat who showcased his passing ability.

In the 38th minute, from the same deep corner, Conor Doherty zipped a perfect pass through the box that Jonathan Adams blasted into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead and his fourth goal of the year.

"Boonsboro has a fine sweeper in Steve Kopp and he was marking that side really well, but that left some opportunities on the opposite side to score," said Downs.

The Warriors had a goal in the 46th minute nullified by an offside call. Shortly thereafter, Williamsport took a two-goal lead when Reyes faked right and headed left toward the goal before slamming in a shot from 12 yards.

"Michael is good enough to know what to do with difficult angles," said Downs. "Adams is a little overshadowed up front by Michael, but he adds the depth for us to move forward."

Downs said one of the deciding factors in Williamsport's favor was keeping Boonsboro's Shane Lowery, who has 13 goals, off the scoreboard.

Boonsboro's loss was not due to a lack of effort. The Warriors outshot Williamsport 21-11 and kept pressure on Munro, who responded with seven saves.

"(Kopp) is the heart of our defense, but he can only do so much," said Boonsboro coach Brad Delauter. "We played well, put up a good effort but we just didn't finish on the opportunities we had to score."

JV: Williamsport, 5-0.

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