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Marx on the mark as Wildcats top Rebels in boys soccer tournament

Warriors oust Hubs in shootout

September 07, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Senior forward Owen Marx scored twice in the first six minutes to get Williamsport’s boys soccer team on track for a 3-1 win over South Hagerstown in the first semifinal of the Washington County Tournament on Saturday at School Stadium. The Wildcats (2-0) will face Boonsboro on Sept. 21 in the championship game at Mike Callas Stadium. “Our first goal was to basically start out strong during the first 10 minutes,” Marx said. “That was pretty much everybody’s plan. I was just part of the plan. When we got that 2-0 lead early, it got us motivated to keep on pushing and keep firing away. Our defense was strong. That was a brilliant performance and I am excited.” In the second minute, Marx scored unassisted through the middle to get Williamsport rolling. Four minutes later, Marx scored on an assist from senior midfielder Ryan Schnurr to extend the Wildcats’ lead. “Owen is a great player,” Williamsport coach Chris Downs said. “He really set the tone for us. We talked about how important it was to score early and not let them hang around. Any motivation that South had from last night, we knew we had to keep that from carrying over.” In the eighth minute, John Michael Carbaugh scored from the left side on an assist from Josh Munoz to pull South (1-1) within a goal. Williamsport increased its advantage to 3-1 in the 16th minute when senior Hart Weaver scored on Schnurr’s second assist of the game. From there, the Wildcats’ defense did the job in the second half. “I think South was able to bottle us up a little bit in the second half,” Downs said. “But credit to our boys for keeping them at bay and not putting them back in the game.” “Williamsport caught us flat in the first 10 minutes,” South coach Ryan Myers said. “We weren’t able to pressure the midfield as we did against Clear Spring last night. We’re still learning to play all 80 minutes. ... We couldn’t match Williamsport’s intensity in the first half and we weren’t able to recover from that.” The Wildcats outshot the Rebels, 23-12. * Boonsboro (2-0) beat North Hagerstown 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the Hubs (1-1) and Warriors played to a scoreless draw. Greg Fiola scored the winning penalty in the shootout for the Warriors. Jared Rickerds stopped the Hubs’ final shot and made eight stops in regulation. * In the fifth-place game, Clear Spring squeezed by Smithsburg, 1-0. Sophomore midfielder Collin Bucher scored unassisted from the left side in the 46th minute for the only point of the game. Smithsburg junior goalkeeper Tim Horning made 11 saves.

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