County all-stars strike back

November 16, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Washington County keeper Alex Aleshire, of Williamsport, is all smiles after making a first-half save Wednesday night during the 10th annual Four Diamonds All-Star Soccer Game in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Washington County earned its second win in 10 tries against South Central Pennsylvania at the 10th annual Four Diamonds All-Star Boys Soccer Game for senior players Wednesday night.

The Washington County All-Stars fell behind very early but rallied back to win 7-3 in sloppy weather conditions.

The Pennsylvania All-Stars struck early as Colton Arnold (Chambersburg) netted the game’s first goal within 15 seconds of the opening whistle. It was the only lead Pennsylvania would hold in the game.

Washington County answered in the ninth minute with a game-tying goal from Clayton Layman (Smithsburg) and took the lead with a goal by Andrew Torres (Broadfording) — his first of three.

“This is a good group of seniors,” said North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer, who guided the Washington County squad. “This game was a way to raise money (for the Four Diamonds Cancer Fund) and have fun.”

In conditions that would usually stymie an offensive onslaught, both Pennsylvania and Washington County embraced the muddy field conditions and turned it into a shootout.

Torres thrived the most in the inclimate conditions.

“It was my first time seeing (Torres) play,” Singer said. “He can move around well and strike the ball well and, in these types of conditions, he’s a dangerous player.”

Leading 2-1 after Torres’ first goal, Washington County added two more goals — both from Torres — before the intermission.

Another goal from Arnold trimmed Washington County’s lead to 4-2 before the break.

Kyle Baer (Shippensburg) brought Pennsylvania within one goal after the start of the second half in the 47th minute, but the Pennsylvania team failed to record a goal for the remainder of the game.

Washington County’s lead grew to two goals when Ralph Weaver (Clear Spring) scored on a wide-open net in the 64th minute.

Cody Gardenhour (Williamsport) scored minutes later to put Washington County up 6-3.

“It felt good to get a win for us,” Singer said. “We were able to create chances and put them away.”

Osman Ramizov (North Hagerstown) scored the final goal for Washington County in the 73rd minute.

Pennsylvania leads the all-time series 7-2-1.

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