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Mountain Ridge’s Joao Toulson attempts a header between a Fort Hill defender and teammate Chris Ranker Thursday night in Frostburg. The Miners won 5-0.

FROSTBURG — Brandon Rodgers and Justin Winebrenner scored two goals and Jacob Bittner had two assists to power top-ranked Mountain Ridge to a 5-0 victory over Fort Hill in high school boys soccer Thursday evening.

It was the regular-season finale for both teams. Mountain Ridge (11-2-1) likely will be the top seed in the upcoming West Region tournament, which begins next Friday. Fort Hill finished 9-4-1.

Rodgers put the Miners on the board early with an unassisted goal six minutes into the game.

Chris Ranker made it 2-0 with a goal off a pass from Zach Saylor three minutes later, and Winebrenner extended it 3-0 with a header off a throw-in from Bittner with 18:49 left in the half.

Rodgers scored off a direct kick by Bittner at the 23:11 mark of the second half to make it 4-0. Winebrenner got the final goal, on a feed from Wes Simmons, with 15 minutes to go.

The Miners led 24-8 in shots and 3-2 in corner kicks. Connor Eberly got the shutout with five saves, including one on a first-half penalty kick. James Johnson had nine saves for Fort Hill.

There was no junior varsity game.



Berkeley Springs 3

Keyser 1

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Zach Wise scored a hat trick, with two of the goals coming on long throw-ins from Nathan Quarantillo, to lift Berkeley Springs past Keyser in their Class A-AA sectional championship game.

Wise and Quarantillo teamed for two first-half goals for the defending state champion Indians.

Wise made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal with 16:09 left in the second half.

Keyser (9-10-1) got on the board when Jack Tasker scored on a pass from Chris Halbritter with four minutes to play.

Both teams had 12 shots, and Berkeley led in corners, 6-4. Corbin White had nine saves for Keyser and Caleb Murray had five for Berkeley Springs.

Wednesday night



No. 5 Northern 2

Southern 1

ACCIDENT — Brian Johnson scored on an assist from Jaymes Kelly with just three minutes left in the second overtime to lift fifth-ranked Northern to a 2-1 victory over Southern in an Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference match Wednesday night.

The win gave Northern (8-4-1 overall, 5-3 AMAC) a sweep of the regular-season series with its Garrett County. Both games were nailbiters, however. The Huskies had won the first meeting, in early September, by 1-0.

Southern (1-12, 1-7) led at halftime on the strength of a first-half goal by A.J. Storck. Connor Forrester got the assist.

Northern’s Steven Holtschneider tied it with an unassisted goal at 26 minutes mark of the second half.

Northern led in shots, 17-7, and in corner kicks, 5-2. Justin Shaw had five saves for the Huskies and Seth Ingram had four for the Rams.

Southern won the jayvee game, 1-0, on a goal by Justin Nesselrodt.

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