Boys soccer: Wildcats make their Marx against South

September 06, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • Williamsport's Colton Myers (6) kicks the ball past South Hagerstown's Nick Toms (12) during Thursday night's MVAL Antietam boys soccer game in Williamsport.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport boys soccer team proved that fancy passing isn’t a passing fancy.

If the Wildcats are moving the ball, it means that something is working.

“In some amount of time, you have to be unselfish,” said Williamsport coach Chris Downs. “By doing that, you create space.”

Unselfishness and created space is all that Owen Marx needed on Thursday as he found his way clear to score three goals — including one in the first 25 seconds of play — to lead Williamsport to a 5-1 MVAL Antietam victory over South Hagerstown.

The Wildcats (2-1, 1-0) worked to shake off the disappointment of losing to Clear Spring on Saturday in the Washington County tournament.

Their play Thursday surely helped.

Williamsport used crossing passes and back passes to create depth on the field, then attacked the box to keep South (0-3, 0-1) on its heels.

It all added more pressure on Rebels freshman goalie Jalen Farrell, who replaced regular keeper Joe Rohr, who missed the game because of family matters.

“We kept preaching to the team all week about last year’s game with South that finished in a 0-0 tie,” Downs said. “We told them that they know us and they weren’t going to roll over.  A lot of what we do is dictated by passing, and today Owen broke through. He’s been so close and he showed what he is capable of doing.”

It all paid off immediately as Williamsport scored in the first 25 seconds of the match. Morgan Hager-Perry fed Marx on the right sideline. The midfielder cut to his left and beat two Rebel defenders for a clear shot into the goal.

“We came out flat,” said South coach Ryan Myers. “We had a freshman keeper and some turmoil during the week, but that doesn’t matter. They were aggressive and we dug ourselves a hole early.”

The hole got deeper quickly with more unselfish passing.

Colton Myers fired a centering pass that Marx picked off in midair and directed into the goal in the sixth minute for a 2-0 lead.

“That first goal hurt, but it gave our goalie a look at a shot and we were still in the game,” Myers said. “But the second goal hurt.”

Williamsport took a 3-0 lead into the intermission when Tiago DeSouza dribbled through the middle of South’s defense and unloaded into the bottom left of the goal in the 19th minute.

South broke through to open the second half in the 53rd minute as a corner kick squirted out to the midfield. JonMichael Carbaugh ran it down and lofted a pass to the goal mouth for Brayden Tiner, who converted on a midair shot past Williamsport backup goalkeeper Brett Weaver.

“I think we surprised them with that goal,” Myers said. “But then they came back and it became time to get out of there without injuries and look at things we need to work on.”

That’s because the Wildcats countered with two quick goals to close the scoring.

Marx scored his third goal in the 56th minute on a ball that ricocheted off bodies in front of South’s goal. Austin Loar closed the scoring in the 60th minute when a corner kick went across the field, only to be returned in front of the goal by Ryan Schnurr.

Williamsport outshot South 25-8. Farrell made eight saves for South, while Corey Ellis, who played the first half, had three stops for the Wildcats.

“We are working hard in practice and this shows them that it pays off,” Downs said. “This is more of what we are capable of doing. We are still a young team and in the process of progressing, but we have a chance to make ourselves a team that teams will have to worry about when they face us.”

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