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Wildcats, Hubs, Rebels get wins

September 04, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES/Staff Correspondent
  • From left, South Hagerstown's Luke Toms (25), Matt Suddith, Jordan Dickens (8) and KB Ofosu-Ameyaw celebrate a goal as Boonsboro's Charles Anoman (2) reacts during Friday's first-round game at the Washington County Public Schools Tournament at North Hagerstown's Mike Callas Stadium.
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    Williamsport, South Hagerstown and North Hagerstown earned first-round victories to advance to the semifinals of the Washington County Public Schools Boys Soccer Tournament on Friday night at Mike Callas Stadium.

    The Wildcats opened the tournament against Smithsburg and shut out the Leopards, 5-0. The Rebels followed with a 4-0 shutout of Boonsboro, before the Hubs played Clear Spring to a scoreless draw before winning the penalty shootout, 4-3.

    Clear Spring advanced to today's semifinals by virtue of goal differential. Smithsburg will play Boonsboro at 10 a.m. for fifth place, North and South will play at noon in one semifinal, and Williamsport squares off with Clear Spring at 2 p.m. in the other semifinal.

    * In the opener, a snooze-worthy first half ended with a scoreless tie that was broken early in the second half when Connor Arnone found the net for Williamsport.

    Cody Gardenhour followed with a goal of his own to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

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Arnone added one more goal before two freshmen -- Owen Marx and Ryan Schnurr -- each tallied to cap the scoring.

"We started stringing passes together and took advantage of what they gave us," Williamsport coach Chris Downs said. "It was a total team effort, from freshmen to seniors. I'm very proud of the team."

* In the second game, a quick start sparked South Hagerstown's attack. Junior striker KB Ofosu-Ameyaw scored the Rebels' first goal three minutes in. Alfred Ayenu lasered one into the top corner to give South a 2-0 lead.

"(Ofusu-Ameyaw and Ayenu) play very well together," Rebels coach Ryan Myers said. "Teams take notice of their speed and it opens up scoring for the rest of the team."

Ayenu scored another goal for the Rebels in the second half, and senior Luke Toms notched the fourth goal.

"It was a great team effort, the defense was solid and the keepers made saves," Myers said.

Senior goalkeeper Chip Rittenhouse made nine saves for South.

* The best was definitely saved for last, as the Hubs and Blazers battled to a standstill -- with North thinking it had scored twice, only to have calls wipe the goals out.

The Hubs appeared to take the lead halfway through the first half, but an offside call negated the goal. With less than 14 minutes left to play, North thought it had scored again, but goalkeeper interference voided that goal.

Fans from both North and Clear Spring lined the fence around Conservit Field for the shootout, and North's Dominique Phillips ended the night by scoring the game-winner.

"Hard-fought game," said Hubs coach Glen Singer. "Clear Spring didn't give us any chances up top. It's tough to win or lose a game like that."

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