Boys soccer: Blazers, Hubs reach county tournament final

September 01, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Note: The Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament games scheduled for Saturday at Mike Callas Stadium were postponed by inclement weather. According to Washington County Supervisor of Athletics Eric Michael, the tentative plan is for the girls semifinals and fifth-place game to be played Sept. 15 at Callas Stadium, with the boys and girls championship games being played on a date to be determined. Final decisions will be made later this week.

With wins in Saturday’s Washington County Boys Soccer Tournament semifinals, Clear Spring and North Hagerstown advanced to the championship.

The Hubs will have home field advantage in the final, to be played later this season at Mike Callas Stadium.

* Clear Spring and Williamsport played to a 1-1 draw, with penalty kicks deciding the first semifinal. Blazers coach Lynn Mills switched out goalie Levi Bucher for Corey McClure for the shootout, which worked to Clear Spring’s advantage.

McClure blocked two of Williamsport’s five shots, and Bucher buried the victory-clinching shot past Wildcats goalie Corey Ellis.

“Like I said before, we’ll play anybody,” said Mills. “Our guys played with all their heart today. This is a new, young team and we’re going to the county championship.”

“That’s the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes it goes to penalty kicks. It seems like it’s been going against us lately,” said Williamsport coach Chris Downs. “Clear Spring buried theirs and we didn’t. We’ve got some work to do preparing for our next game.”

McClure drew first blood for the Blazers (2-0), scoring in the 37th minute on a ball that trickled past Ellis.

The Wildcats (1-1) tied the game in the 47th minute when Tiago DeSouza knifed through Clear Spring’s defense and finished past Bucher.

“I think we let (Clear Spring) dictate early. We got some pressure but we were spent,” said Downs, referring to Friday’s win over North. “It’s a shame to waste that win, but we got some confidence going forward.”

* North shook off Friday’s loss to Williamsport with a 4-0 shutout of Smithsburg in the second semifinal.

Casey Goodrich scored twice for the Hubs (1-1), his second off an assist by Neal Dossouvi in the 63rd minute. Yusuf Bodirov put North on the board with a goal in the 38th minute, assisted by Ryan Byard. Steve Idegwu scored in the 78th minute.

“I think we played pretty organized today,” said North coach Glen Singer. “We’re looking to move the ball well and work into the spaces we can play into. We’ll keep working on moving with and without the ball and keep building on each game.”

North’s four-back defense stifled Smithsburg’s offense, as the Leopards (1-1) managed just two total shots on goal.

“I’m proud of our effort. We kept going for the goal even down three goals,” said Smithsburg coach Paul Newman. “North is a good team and they outplayed us. They have more athletes that played better than us and we have a lot to learn. I hope next time we play North, we show them that we’re ready to play.”

* Boonsboro beat South Hagerstown 2-1 in Saturday’s fifth-place game. Brayden Tiner scored first for the Rebels (0-2), but two goals by Connor Prunty secured the win for the Warriors (1-1).

“We had 80 percent JV players today. We’re trying a lot of options,” said Boonsboro coach Roy Rickerds. “We had a lot of shots on goal we couldn’t finish, but we’re building.”

“We played better today. The question now is finishing strong and how our conditioning is,” said South coach Ryan Myers. “Give credit to Boonsboro, they have a good young team, but I don’t feel like we were defeated. I feel like we let this one slip away.”

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