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Pa. team achieves its goals

November 17, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

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    WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- For 60 minutes Tuesday night, The Herald-Mail Maryland All-Stars battled the Public Opinion Pennsylvania All-Stars to a scoreless draw in the Four Diamonds Classic boys soccer senior all-star game.

    The last 20 minutes belonged to Pennsylvania.

    Nick Bunting, Colton Bair, Trent Black, Andrew Collier and Logan Runk scored goals late, and Pennsylvania improved to 6-1-1 in the eight-year history of the event with a 5-0 victory.

    "Getting the first goal was the key, and that's typical. It gives everybody some more confidence," said Chambersburg coach Mike Dent, who led the Pennsylvania squad of seniors from Franklin and Fulton counties. "We've got some horses and they're a bit relentless at times. Once they get a taste of success, everyone joins the party."

    Pennsylvania outshot Maryland -- comprised of Washington County seniors -- 22-5 in the second half and took all eight corner kicks in the half.

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"It was a nice game for 60 minutes. The last 20, we kind of went asleep," said North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer, who directed the Maryland squad. "The biggest thing that hurt us was losing (Bryan) Whitmore in the middle. That forced us to change some things. We had 22 guys and they all played. Some were playing out of position, and that hurt us."

Whitmore, a Williamsport midfielder who is the only Washington County player to make the Maryland all-state team this year, left with a leg injury in the 20th minute.

All proceeds from ticket sales as well as half the proceeds from concessions went to the Four Diamonds Cancer Fund, which helps with expenses for families of children battling the disease. A total of $1,086 was raised.

"We had a nice event and we raised some money for the cancer society, so it's a win-win," said event organizer Steve Tanner, a former Waynesboro coach.

Pennsylvania had a chance to take a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when McConnellsburg's Colby Sowers was tripped in the 18-yard box and was awarded a penalty kick. Sowers went low right with the shot, but Grace Academy keeper Kenny Frederickson was up to the challenge, diving to control the ball without giving up a rebound.

North Hagerstown's Frederick Owusu-Ayim was stymied on two breakaway chances -- one in the 16th minute, the other in the 50th minute. In the 58th minute, Clear Spring keeper Ryan Cooper made two saves on a shot by Chambersburg's Bunting and a rebound attempt to keep the score knotted at zero.

That was only temporary.

In the 61st minute, Bunting raced up the right side, beat a defender 1-on-1, then fired a low laser that Cooper went down to try to stop, only to have it skip just over him and into the net for the breakthrough goal.

Three minutes later, James Buchanan's Kelby Roppollo sent a through ball to Waynesboro's Nolan Walck, who cut the ball back to Bair for an easy goal for the Fannett-Metal senior and a 2-0 lead.

In the 74th minute, Forbes Road's Black raced onto a long ball and tucked a shot inside the left post for a 3-0 lead.

A minute later, a corner kick to the far post was headed back across the box by Waynesboro's Jacob Smith, and Chambersburg's Collier got a foot on it to make it 4-0.

Finally, in the 79th minute, Collier made a run up the right side, beat the last defender, turned toward the goal and fired a shot that Cooper saved, only for the rebound to go right to Fannett-Metal's Runk for a 5-0 lead.

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