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Wildcats, Hubs, Rebels win openers in boys soccer tournament

September 06, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — Williamsport and North Hagerstown opened their boys soccer seasons with victories Friday night, advancing to the semifinals of the Washington County Tournament.

The Wildcats took advantage of some late heroics to escape with a 2-1 victory over Boonsboro in the tournament’s first game. The Hubs had no problems in a 5-0 shutout of Smithsburg in the second game.

* The Warriors and Wildcats seemed headed for penalty kicks with the game tied at 1 in stoppage time.

Williamsport’s Hart Weaver had other ideas, bouncing a header over Boonsboro goalie Jarrett Rickerds.

“Hart does the dirty work. That’s just him,” said Williamsport coach Chris Downs. “He got in there and made it count.”

Though Boonsboro controlled most of the game thanks to its stout defense, Williamsport erased a 1-0 deficit in the 66th minute thanks to Ryan Schnurr, who sent a free kick from 20 yards into Boonsboro’s net for the equalizer.

“Boonsboro defended well. They bottled us up for the majority of the game. But Ryan made a great play on that free kick and that got us started,” said Downs. “That’s kind of been our M.O. lately. We get something going late and use it.”

The Warriors got on the board in the 31st minute on a penalty kick by Connor Prunty, but couldn’t get another shot past Wildcats goalie Corey Ellis, who made eight saves.

“Williamsport’s a good team. They played until the end,” said Boonsboro coach Roy Rickerds. “Our keeper saved our butts a lot, but we’ve got to learn how to close games.”

Jarrett Rickerds finished with eight saves for the Warriors.

* The Hubs got strong leadership from their seniors, as Casey Goodrich, Mark Grunberg and Dereck Cermeno accounted for four of their five goals.

“Mark, Dereck and Casey are our leaders and they push the team to play hard,” said North coach Pete Grunberg. “Everyone did a good job pushing and keeping the tempo up.”

Goodrich opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a 35-yard goal. He tallied again 19 minutes later on a penalty kick.

Cermeno got on the board in the 42nd minute, pushing a shot through a scrum in front of Smithsburg’s net. Grunberg scored in the 67th minute.

Junior Tanner Bachtell rounded out North’s scoring in the 45th minute with a beautiful bicycle kick into the top left corner of the net.

The Leopards couldn’t solve the Hubs’ defense, as senior keeper Phillip Lloyd turned away all seven of Smithsburg’s shots on goal.

“Lloyd read everything well and did a good job directing the defense,” said Grunberg. “Our goal tonight was to earn the shutout.”

“We had a lot of opportunities. The kids were in front of the net a lot and fought hard until the end,” said Smithsburg coach Paul Newman. “When you get shut out there’s always something to work on and learn from.”

* In the nightcap, South Hagerstown defeated Clear Spring, 2-1.

Clyde Staley and Colton Shingler each scored for the Rebels. Josh Munoz and Brayden Tiner had an assist each. Joe Rohr made five saves.

Matt Breakall scored for the Blazers on an assist by Bradly Mills. Clear Spring outshot South, 20-9.

Saturday’s schedule at South Hagerstown: Fifth-place game, Clear Spring vs. Smithsburg, 4 p.m.; Semifinals, Williamsport vs. South Hagerstown at 6, Boonsboro vs. North Hagerstown at 8.

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