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Boys soccer: Hubs fire more shots, 'Cats score only goal

September 20, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • North Hagerstown's Neal Dossouvi heads the ball past Williamsport's Colton Myers during Thursday night's MVAL Antietam boys soccer game at Mike Callas Stadium.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — In some cases, quality is better than quantity.

That was the case for Williamsport’s boys soccer team on Thursday night. The Wildcats were outshot by North Hagerstown 23-7, yet still managed to squeak out a 1-0 victory in the MVAL Antietam.

“It was your typical Williamsport-North game,” Williamsport coach Chris Downs said. “It’s always, like, a 1-0 game, but it’s what we expected.”

Junior midfielder Tiago DeSouza broke the scoreless tie in the 52nd minute for the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) when he netted the game’s only goal off an assist from Ryan Schnurr.

“Tiago did a great job tonight. It’s been frustrating for him in practice because he’s been bouncing them off the post, but he buried one when we needed it tonight,” Downs said. “That was great for us.”

Both teams were getting a feel for each other in the first half, as possession was just about split between the two squads.

The Hubs (4-3, 1-2) and Wildcats each had early opportunities to grab a lead, but were missing shots high and wide.

“We were feeling out each other in the beginning,” North coach Glen Singer said. “They finished, we didn’t.”

Williamsport nearly took the lead in the 20th minute when Owen Marx had a 1-on-1 opportunity with North goalie Max Ober, but Ober was able to make the save. He finished with three stops in the game.

Late in the 62nd minute, Williamsport goalie Corey Ellis preserved the Wildcats’ one-goal lead when he laid out to make a diving save. Ellis would finish the game with six saves.

“(Ellis) made a couple of huge saves for us and it frustrated North and helped us gain some confidence,” Downs said. “It was a good high school game.”

The Hubs made it exciting toward the end of the game, possessing the ball deep in Williamsport territory, but couldn’t come through with a goal.

“I’m happy with how we played,” Singer said. “We played with energy and never gave up. We just need to get back to work and find the right formula. We have good players and we’ll figure it out.”

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