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Wildcats, Rebels leave without achieving goals

September 28, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Williamsport goalkeeper Alex Aleshire comes out of goal and makes a leaping save in front of South Hagerstown's Clyde Staley (6) during Wedneday's scoreless tie.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Williamsport and South Hagerstown played to soccer’s version of a baseball no-hitter on Wednesday.

There were no assists, no goals and no score. Nothing. Just a couple of goose eggs illuminating on the School Stadium scoreboard.

After 100 minutes of play, the Wildcats and the Rebels boys soccer teams just left the field without a goal and with a 0-0 tie.

“We couldn’t get it going up front,” Williamsport coach Chris Downs said.

“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” said South Hagerstown coach Ryan Myers.

Both the Wildcats (6-1-1, 2-0-1) and the Rebels (0-6-2, 0-3-1) had chances to score throughout the game but some shots sailed wide.

Other shots were stonewalled by each goalie — Williamsport’s Alex Aleshire and South’s Joe Rohr — while a handful of shots were sidetracked by the defenses.

The game was almost as close as the score. South Hagerstown and Williamsport each had 13 shots. Rohr made four saves to seven by Aleshire. The Rebels had six corner kicks, while the Wildcats tried four.

“We were fortunate to get out of there with a tie,” Downs said.

In the closing minutes of the second overtime, the Rebels nearly grabbed the victory with two chances to score. One shot sailed high and the other was stopped by a Williamsport defender on the left side of the goal.

The Wildcats’ biggest opportunity came in the first half when a shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

“Williamsport is the best attacking team in the county,” Myers said.

The tie won’t do anything for South Hagerstown in the win column, but the Rebels can build off a strong performance against a Williamsport team that is tied with Brunswick atop the MVAL Antietam standings.

“Props to South,” said Downs. “I give all the kudos to them. They did what they had to do tonight.”

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