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Middletown girls win region soccer title

November 09, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Just when it looked like the Middletown girls soccer team had backed itself into another corner Tuesday night, Trista Haupt kicked the Knights right out of it.

From a cleared ball off a corner kick, the freshman striker put home the rebound and sent the Knights on their way to a 2-0 victory over Urbana in the Class 2A West region final.

"I was really trying for a cross, but that's the luck of the draw," Haupt said with a grin. "I think I did that one other time, too. It's pretty weird."

Even more weird was the inability of the Knights (16-1-1, No. 2 Herald-Mail poll) to pull away from the Hawks. When the chips were down, though, Middletown had more than enough to pull away.

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"I think (Urbana) made up their minds that they could play with us," Middletown coach John Miller said. "Normally, we're a second half team, and tonight I think we lost some of that intensity and aggressiveness. But when we got that second goal, we were much better."

Urbana had several opportunites to even the game, including a narrow miss by Kathleen Vistica in the 58th minute. The Knights then cornered the market, as Krista Sheffler put in the direct kick from the flag in the 72nd minute.

"We knew coming in that those set pieces on dead balls would be important, and we worked on them a lot this week," Miller said. "It paid off."

It paid off to the tune of a trip to the state semfinals this weekend. Middletown will play North Hereford at a site and time to be determined, all with the knowledge of last year's loss in the state final fresh in their minds.

"(Coach Miller) is proud of what we've done, but he wants us to go all the way. He believes we can do it and we believe we can do it," Haupt said. "That's a great feeling."

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