Williamsport keeps rolling right along after scoring an impressive 3-1 victory over a solid St. Maria Goretti squad on Tuesday.
The Wildcats still have not been defeated outside of a penalty-shootout setback to North Hagerstown in the final of the Washington County Public Schools Tournament — that defeat coming after a scoreless draw in regulation.
Alex Aleshire continues to shine between the pipes. He’s allowed only four goals in Williamsport’s 10 games, and no more than one goal in any game.
Cody Gardenhour (six goals, seven assists) and Tiago DeSouza (six goals, five assists) continue to ignite the offense, and a third weapon has emerged in Colton Myers (five goals, three assists), who has scored all five of his goals in the last five games — including two against the Gaels.
* Despite the setback against the Wildcats, Goretti has been playing very good soccer all season, with quality wins against Eastern Panhandle schools Hedgesville (twice), Jefferson and Musselman.
Thomas Blake (11 goals, five assists) has led the way for the Gaels and has one three-goal game and two two-goal games. Kevin Proctor (four goals, eight assists) and Rodrigo Reyna (six goals) also have stood out.
* Adler Garrett is on fire for a Smithsburg squad that’s showing signs of life, with three wins in its last five games and a 3-1 MVAL Antietam record that has the Leopards sitting in third place.
Garrett has scored seven goals in the last four games — including two-goal games against South Hagerstown, Winters Mill and Manchester Valley. He has 11 goals in Smithsburg’s nine games.
Teammate Clayton Layman hasn’t been shabby himself, with four goals and three assists over the last five games. Layman, a free kick specialist, has six goals and six assists this season.
That 1-2 punch is one of the county’s most potent. But the Leopards need to shore up a leaky defense that has surrendered 33 goals in those nine games.
* Since a 6-0 start to the season — which included winning the Washington County Public Schools Tournament for a third straight season — North has gone the last 240 minutes without scoring over three losses.
Granted, the Hubs’ setbacks have been to three very good teams — Williamsport (2-0), Middletown (3-0) and Linganore (1-0). Still, the lack of scoring has to be a concern. North has actually given up more goals (11) than it has scored (nine) this season.
* Chambersburg senior Robert Furfaro’s recent scoring binge has given him the school career record for goals, with 36.
Furfaro has 13 goals in the Trojans’ last six games. He tied Chad Divens’ 26-year-old record of 34 career goals with two tallies in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Central Dauphin East, then broke it with two more goals in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Greenwood.
Boonsboro will host Brunswick on Oct. 13 for a match that might end up determining the champion of the MVAL Antietam Conference. The Warriors (6-3, 4-0) and Railroaders (6-1, 3-0) are the only two unbeaten teams in the conference.
Boonsboro topped the eight-team conference last year with a 6-1 record in Antietam play, while Brunswick finished fifth at 3-3-1.
The Railroaders showed they were for real early this season when they upset reigning 2A state champion Middletown 1-0 to end the Knights’ 20-game winning streak.