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North combo blending well

October 24, 1998|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Appearances can be deceiving.

After Kaycie Parfitt and Meghan Adair hooked up for two goals, one might assume the North Hagerstown duo had been playing together for years.

"Actually, (Meghan and Kaycie) haven't worked together much at all. It was a surprise. We might have found something," coach Kim O'Kane said after the pair combined on North's first two goals in the eighth-ranked Hubs' 3-1 win over No. 10 Boonsboro Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams.

"They fired us up. Meghan is aggressive in nature, and Kaycie got her the ball," O'Kane said.

The first blow was struck with 13 minutes left in the first half. Parfitt won the ball in a crowd 30 yards out and passed it upfield to a streaking Adair. Her shot beat Boonsboro goalie Cara Peckens and went into the upper left corner, giving North (8-4-1, 4-3-1 Monocacy Valley Athletic League) a 1-0 lead at halftime.

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The score could have easily been 2-0 in North's favor, but Peckens made a leaping save on a shot from striker Jackie Salvagno, punching it just over the crossbar.

With the score tied at 1-1, the Parfitt-to-Adair connection clicked again in much the same fashion. Parfitt took the ball at midfield and sent it forward. Adair broke free 30 yards out and buried another shot into the upper left corner, putting North back on top for good.

"(Kaycie's) passes were really good, and I was able to finish them off," a tired but exuberant Adair said after the game. "If the passes hadn't been there, I don't know if I would have been able to convert.

"The whole team played well."

"We knew we had to get behind (Boonsboro's) defense," Parfitt said. "I chipped it past them, and (Meghan) was there."

After a sluggish first half, Boonsboro (5-8-1, 2-7) controlled the first 15 minutes of the second. The Warriors tied the game at 1-1 nine minutes into the half on a crossing pass from Maggie Tierney to Bethany Windle, who chipped a shot over the head of North keeper Emily Clutz.

Boonsboro had its chances to even the score late in the game, the best coming with four minutes left when Clutz misplayed a ball that slid by her to the center of the field.

Becky Holmes sealed it with a breakaway down the left side, beating Peckens into the upper right corner with two minutes left.

"We came out flat today," Boonsboro coach Karen Somson said. "There was no communication. We played better in the second (half), but we still didn't communicate, and North finished it off."

Clutz, who is usually the junior varsity goalkeeper, drew praise from O'Kane. "She played an excellent game as a fill-in for us."

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