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Girls Soccer: Wildcats top Warriors in the long run

September 25, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — In what was a preview of the Washington County girls soccer final, Williamsport escaped with a win over Boonsboro 2-1 on Tuesday in an MVAL Antietam match.

The Wildcats (6-1-1, 4-0) took the lead in the 77th minute when Ashley Likely buried a 60-footer past Boonsboro goalie Bre Springer. Springer made a dive right to make the save, which opened up the net for Likely’s game-winner.

Likely also scored Williamsport’s first goal in the opening minute, finding the net on a one-timer after the ball bounced over the head of a Boonsboro defender.

“Ashley’s really come into her own these past two games against North and Boonsboro,” said Williamsport assistant coach Robbie Shaw. “Our game is possession. We build from the back and let the strikers do their job. Teams like to play long ball against us, but we play for the long run.”

The Wildcats controlled the ball, outshooting the Warriors 12-6. However, Williamsport’s aggressive play led to Boonsboro’s lone goal.

Michaela Grove’s penalty kick in the 31st minute found the top-left corner of Williamsport’s goal to put the Warriors on the board.

“We’ve been looking at the players that are filling in for our injuries and getting minutes and earning our trust to step up and compete,” said Boonsboro coach Chris Lantz. “We’re focusing on the positives from tonight’s game.”

Both coaches are taking stock in what they saw on Tuesday for Oct. 13’s county final at South Hagerstown.

“With a team like Boonsboro we have to control the tempo,” said Shaw. “We lost our tempo after our first goal. We have to keep that control with an aggressive team like Boonsboro. We know the county final is going to be a dogfight.”

“Both teams are banged up right now. We’ve got some injuries, they’ve got some injuries,” Lantz said. “We’re trying to rest up and get some players back and that will change the dynamic when we play the final.”

JV: Tie, 0-0

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