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South, North get surprising wins

September 20, 1998|By DAN SPEARS

At the end of Saturday's North-South soccer doubleheader, everyone walked away from School Stadium a little stunned.

South Hagerstown freshman Mallory Tsetsilas was all smiles after scoring two goals and getting two assists in the Rebels' 4-3 upset over No. 7 North Hagerstown - the Rebels' first home victory in program history.

But South boys coach Mike Tesla got a surprise head start on the rest of the boys crowd after being ejected in the second half of the Rebels' 4-0 loss to No. 6 North.

Rebels get historic win

North coach Kimberly O'Kane could only shake her head after the Hubs wasted a hat trick by left wing Lindsay Smith. South head coach Bruce Buhrman did the same thing after the team's first home win in four years.

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"I'm very pleased," Buhrman said. "We made some mistakes, but we corrected them quickly and moved the ball really well."

"It's a Saturday morning. They're teens. Who knows? ... I don't know what made them come out dull," O'Kane said.

South looked to end the streak from the very beginning. Emily Middlekauff ran right through a sluggish North (3-1-1, 0-1-1 MVAL) defense in the second minute, and Tsetsilas fed her right in front of the net for a shocking 1-0 lead.

After Smith tied the score, Tsetsilas and the Rebels (1-2, 1-1) bounced right back. She picked off a lazy clearance by North and buried the shot for a 2-1 the Rebels would not relinquish.

"It's awesome," Tsetsilas said. "I had had a couple of open shots and missed them (in the first two games), so this was a lot better."

Tesla, South sent out

Tesla's ejection in the 56th minute left everyone a little bit unsettled in the boys game. Neither coaching staff was convinced it was the right call to make.

"We're friends, and you always hate to see that happen," North coach Mike Gouker said.

"It's a shame the game turned out that way," South assistant James Aleshire said. "The man deserves better than that."

Yet South almost worked itself into upset position. Down 1-0 in the final minute of the first half, the ball took a weird bounce to the Rebels' Chris Mills. Mills went in all alone on North keeper Jonathan Hemm, who stuffed the shot - and essentially, the game.

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