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North boys win, Hub girls lose to Urbana in soccer playoffs

November 05, 1998

North vs. UrbanaBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




On Wednesday night, there was good, and then there was bad.

The good: North Hagerstown advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2A West Regional boys soccer tournament with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Urbana at School Stadium.

The bad: The North girls failed to match the boys, falling 6-0 to aggressive Urbana.

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In the boys match, North played aggresively, and after several early scoring chances, sophmore Philip Simic scored on a shot from 15 yards over the head of Urbana goalkeeper Dan Mulcahy at the 21-minute mark.

"The first goal was real important because a lot of times, the first goal wins the game," North coach Mike Gouker said. "That was real big."

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Urbana regained its stride to pull even with 10 minutes left in the first half on a cross from Terence O'Connell to Rob Mulcahy, who beat North keeper Jonathan Hemm inside the right post for a 1-1 tie at the half.

North quickly grabbed the lead early in the second half on a flashy goal by Michael Hudak. The senior captain received the ball in the middle of the field, turned right and unleashed a left-footed shot past Mulcahy into the upper right corner.

The lead held up behind strong defenseand Hemm's goalkeeping.

"I thought this might be a one-goal game," Gouker said. "We were playing well on defense. We broke down a couple of times, but I felt like we were controlling the play."

Urbana made one last attempt at tying the game wht 30 seconds remain in when a weak shot got past Hemm and rolled towards the left corner of the goal before he was able to recover.

"All that incredible play in the second half, I could see it going up in one play," Gouker said. "That was a huge save for Jon."

Urbana's girls team dominated the unprepared Hubs from the start.

Jessie Judd beat North keeper Erin Ross high for the early 1-0 lead.

Karen O'Conner scored on a left-foot shot into the upper right corner with 21 minutes left in the half. Three minutes later, Denise Rogers scored on a low shot into the left corner.

With four minutes left, Amy Bishop scored from inside the penalty box, giving Urbana a 4-0 lead at the break.

"Right now we're healthy and really grooving on all cylinders," Urbana girls coach Brian Parker said. "I don't have anyone getting sick right now, and at this time of year, that's kind of rare."

North's girls played in their own end for much of the game. They never developed a consistent offensive threat, and seemed out of the game at times.

"It was disapointing," North girls coach Kim O'Kane commented. "The girls just played really cautious, tried to contain a lot and play a lot of defense. There was no mind game."

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