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South boys reach .500 mark

September 29, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- Luke Toms and Matthew Suddith each scored a goal and the South Hagerstown boys soccer team picked up a 2-0 MVAL Antietam victory over Smithsburg on Tuesday night.

"It was a good win, overall," South coach Ryan Myers said. "I am happy with the victory. There is still room for improvement. Our defense was solid. We bent at times, but we never broke down. Overall, we dealt with the pressure very well. Once again, it just builds our confidence when we play that well against a solid team like Smithsburg."

Chip Rittenhouse made 10 saves for another shutout for the Rebels (3-3, 2-0).

"During the game, I definitely did what I was supposed to do," Rittenhouse said. "It was fantastic to keep the ball out of the goal. This is my second shutout in a row and my defense helps me out with that. What keeper doesn't look for a shutout? I want to give thanks to all of my teammates for all of the help that they have given me."

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"I am pretty confident with the win," Rittenhouse added. "This will be a stepping stone for us. It was kind of challenging, because the play in the county is ricky-ticky. Passing and shooting is all over the place. It always creates a variety of what is out there on the field. Smithsburg is a nice bunch of guys. They played a good game straight out. Smithsburg has definitely improved since last year. The program is more organized than what it was last year."

Toms gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, scoring on an assist by Tucker Tennant. Suddith made it 2-0 in the 58th minute.

Myers wanted more.

"We're still having a little trouble finding the back of the net," he said. "But the opportunities were there tonight. We just need to finish."

Nick Porter had seven saves for Smithsburg (2-6, 0-1).

"It was an interesting game," Smithsburg coach Paul Newman said. "I think South is a good team, but I think that we are just as good as they are. With a couple of bounces going the other way, we win that game 2-0. Their keeper did a real nice job. He made a lot of important saves at the right time. He was just able to keep us from getting the ball into the net. We had several opportunities. We either had a few bad shots, or he made a few great saves."

South Hagerstown also won the JV game 2-1.

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