HAGERSTOWN — Even though Williamsport hasn’t won the Washington County girls soccer tournament in 13 years, the title seemingly is theirs to lose this year.
The highly touted Wildcats got by previously unbeaten Smithsburg 2-1 in the first semifinal Saturday evening at North Hagerstown’s Mike Callas Stadium. They’ll face Boonsboro — which beat North 1-0 in the nightcap — in the final at a site and date to be determined.
Against the Leopards (3-1-1) on Saturday, Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno wanted more than just a victory. He wanted his girls to put on a show.
“We played in front of a big crowd tonight against a real good team, and we should have come off the field with a much better result,” said Salvagno, whose team improved to 4-1-1. “We had an opportunity to make a statement, and we failed to do that.
“But at the end of the day, I’m content with a win.”
The Wildcats went up 1-0 in the fifth minute on a goal by Erin Palmer — the first goal allowed by the Leopards this season.
Gabby Reason scored in the 19th minute to tie the match for Smithsburg, and Lauren Johnson broke the tie in the 45th minute with a goal for Williamsport.
Each team had seven shots on goal. Julia Price had six saves for the Wildcats, while Corinne Burk and Leah Ellis combined for five saves for the Leopards.
“Overall, I’m very happy,” Smithsburg coach Victor Della Mea said. “Williamsport is very skilled in just about every area of the field and phase of the game. For a young team like mine, it was a good, educational game. You have to face good teams through the season to get better as you go.”
In a matchup of the previous two county champions in the nightcap, a goal by Meghan Alves in the 51st minute proved to be the difference as Boonsboro knocked out defending champ North. Just nine days earlier, the two evenly matched teams played to a 2-2 tie in a regular-season contest.
The Warriors are still unbeaten, improving to 3-0-3, while the Hubs are still winless, falling to 0-4-1.
Boonsboro was in need of something positive, as Warriors senior star Abby Duncan recently learned that she has a torn ACL in her right knee and is out for the year. She hadn’t played since the early minutes of her team’s 2-0 season-opening victory over Clear Spring on Aug. 31.
In the fifth-place game Saturday, Clear Spring was a 2-1 winner over South. The Blazers shut out the Rebels 3-0 in a penalty-kick shootout after the game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. There was no overtime play.
Clear Spring (2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute as Lexi Albert scored on an assist by Cayla Garner.
South (0-5) tied it in the 74th minute on an unassisted goal by Katrice Dickson. It was the Rebels’ first goal of the season.