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Wildcats shut out Brunswick

October 13, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Brunswick boys soccer team got their wake-up call at halftime on Monday night, but Williamsport's Cody Gardenhour and Jordan Payne quickly found the snooze button.

The Wildcats' duo combined for a well-choreographed goal in the 46th minute to deflate the Railroaders and propel Williamsport to a 2-0 victory in an MVAL Antietam Conference match.

Gardenhour centered a perfect pass to the streaking Payne, who found the wide-open net to extend the Wildcats' 1-0 halftime lead and all but clinch the win.

The Railroaders played much more aggressively early in the second half, but Payne's goal slowed the momentum.

"I didn't have a shot, so I looked for the next best option, and went inside to Jordan," said Gardenhour.

The Williamsport defense did the rest, limiting Brunswick (4-4-2, 2-2-1) to just six shots on goal for the game.

"We were a little shorthanded tonight, with our starting goalkeeper out, and a few others," said Railroaders' coach Kenneth Putnam. "I'm not using that as an excuse. Williamsport was the aggressor. I'm very impressed with their team. They're tough."

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The shutout was the eighth of the season for Williamsport's sophomore goalkeeper Alex Aleshire, who has held the opposition to just nine goals in 12 games this season and notched five saves to give him 94 for the season.

Gardenhour put the Wildcats (6-4-2, 4-1-0) on top in the 18th minute, putting the ball into the far corner of the net from the left side of the goal.

"I think we're finally clicking up front," said Williamsport coach Chris Downs. "We're getting a little better at putting teams away. I hope everything is coming together at the right time coming into the playoffs."

Williamsport is in second place, trailing North Hagerstown, in the Antietam standings.

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