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Shumaker on target for Wildcats

September 10, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

FREDERICK, Md. -- Williamsport forward Amber Shumaker considers herself the "target player" in the Wildcats' offensive attack.

She had no trouble with the bulls-eye Thursday night.

Shumaker used steady eyes and sturdy body control to score a pair of first-half goals and lead Williamsport to a 2-1 victory at Cadet Stadium.

The Wildcats junior got things started when she headed a Brittany Weaver corner kick past Frederick goalie Hannah Boswell in the ninth minute. The ball floated from Weaver's toe, to Shumaker's noggin and into the Cadets goal for a 1-0 lead.

"(Weaver) is usually outside on the left and I'm in the middle and we keep an eye on each other," Shumaker said. "Our chemistry is good. We make a good combo."

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Later in the first half -- after Frederick evened the score at 1-1 -- Shumaker was back on the attack. She got a deflected ball in the box and pushed it past Boswell for her second goal of the night -- her third of the season -- to give Williamsport a 2-1 edge.

"It bounced off someone," she said. "I just shot to the corner."

That goal came in the 34th minute and it turned out to be the final score of the game. Williamsport played much of the second half on the retreat but the Wildcats (2-2) made the slim margin stand up for the final 46-plus minutes of action.

"I'm proud that we stuck with it and played through it," said Wildcats first-year coach Jen Fields. "We did a better job of keeping our shape."

Keeping shape -- or shaping up, as it were -- was important since the Wildcats had trouble finishing several more offensive opportunities. Weaver crossed two other corner kicks that could very easily have resulted in goals, but one went untouched and the other was knocked wide of the goal.

"Brittany Weaver plays a very vital role in our offense," Fields said. "She brings speed and ball control to the offensive attack. We should have put more than one of those corners in (the goal)."

But what the Wildcats put in the net turned out to be enough as Frederick (0-2) managed to convert just one of its nine shots on goal. Sophomore reserve Abby Kaiser scored unassisted when her shot from about 30 yards went off the palm of Williamsport goalie Julia Price.

Price bobbled two more in the second half but managed to keep control to keep the Cadets off the board for the rest of the game.

JV: Williamsport, 1-0.

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