Prep Notebook: County soccer tournament finals Saturday

October 11, 2012

Girls Soccer

Boonsboro and Williamsport will play for the Washington County tournament title Saturday at 3 p.m. at South Hagerstown, following the Clear Spring-North Hagerstown boys final at 1.

Williamsport, which edged Boonsboro 2-1 in their regular-season match on Sept. 25, will be aiming for its first county title since 1999, the year the tourney began.

Boonsboro also will be trying for its second county title. The Warriors were the champs in 2010.

County finals history:

* 1999 — Williamsport 6, Smithsburg 0;

* 2000 — No final was played after it was postponed twice (Williamsport and Smithsburg were the semifinal winners);

* 2001 — Smithsburg 4, North 1;

* 2002 — North 4, Clear Spring 2;

* 2003 — Smithsburg 3, North 2;

* 2004 — North 4, Boonsboro 2;

* 2005 — North 5, Boonsboro 2;

* 2006 — North 3, Smithsburg 1;

* 2007 — North 2, Smithsburg 1;

* 2008 — North 3, Clear Spring 0;

* 2009 — North 1, Boonsboro 0 (North won on penalty kicks, 4-3, after a scoreless tie);

* 2010 — Boonsboro 3, North 1;

* 2011 — North 1, Williamsport 0.

Boys Soccer

Williamsport conducted its annual alumni game recently and raised $2,500 for the CARES organization and $1,000 for the Brendon Colliflower Scholarship Fund.

* Williamsport boys coach Chris Downs, in his fifth year, is two wins away from reaching 50 in his career with the Wildcats.

* Berkeley Springs’ Zach Wise continues to assault the West Virginia record book. In 18 games this season, Wise has 32 goals to reach 143 for his career.

* Unless Brunswick (9-1-1 overall) falls totally flat, the Railroaders are a virtual lock to claim the MVAL Antietam championship. Brunswick is 5-0 in the Antietam, with games remaining against Boonsboro (4-6, 2-3) and South Hagerstown (1-7-1, 1-3).

* Heading into the final week of regular-season play, Shalom Christian and Calvary Christian share first place in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference with 12-1 records. The MDCC playoffs will begin Tuesday with the quarterfinals.


North Hagerstown (8-1, 4-0) took another step toward a possible MVAL Antietam championship with Monday’s sweep of Boonsboro (5-4, 3-2).

The Hubs’ last major hurdle toward an undefeated conference run appears to be Tuesday’s match at Smithsburg (10-1, 4-1), which has won eight straight since its only loss against Williamsport. North has won eight straight following a season-opening loss at Francis Scott Key.

It’s a clash of two defending Maryland state champions. The Hubs won the Class 3A title and the Leopards claimed their third straight Class 1A title last year.

North will host Clear Spring (4-6, 1-4) on Oct. 27 and South Hagerstown (1-7, 0-4) on Oct. 30 to conclude its Antietam slate.

* The Mason Dixon Christian Conference tournament begins Tuesday with quarterfinal matches being played at the conference’s top four seeds. The winners of Tuesday’s matches will participate in the final four next Saturday at Calvary Christian in Cresaptown, Md.

Heritage Academy (15-0, 14-0) — which will host Broadfording on Tuesday — is the two-time defending champion. The Eagles have not lost an MDCC match since the 2009 tournament semifinals, a streak of 48 matches.

Cross Country

Led by Luke Daigneault, the St. Maria Goretti boys captured team titles in their final two meets of the season, winning the Independent-Parochial School League Championship on Saturday in Frederick, Md., and the Hagerstown City Championship on Monday at Hagerstown Community College.

Daigneault, the former Smithsburg High School star who transferred to Goretti for his senior year, was the individual champion at both races.

While the Gaels’ season, which was comprised of only six meets, is over, Daigneault still has at least one big race left. He plans to compete in the seeded boys race at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional on Nov. 24 in New York, where the top 10 finishers will advance to the national finals in December.

“We really wanted to get those couple of team victories with the IPSL championship Saturday and the city championship today. That was the big focus of the season,” Daigneault said shortly after his victory Monday at HCC. “But as far as my individual goal, the goal meet is the Foot Locker Northeast Regional in New York. That’s where I want to run the absolute best that I can and maybe snag one of those top-10 spots.”

— Assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writers Daniel Kauffman and Tim Koelble contributed to this week’s notebook.

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