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Smithsburg girls earn tourney final

September 09, 2000

Smithsburg girls earn tourney final



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - If Smithsburg's girls soccer team is on a mission to make area teams take notice, the Leopards left the second Washington County Public Schools Tournament an overwhelming success.

Junior Kyley Thompson capitalized on a goaltending mistake for the only score of the game, and Leopards keeper Lauren Church and the Smithsburg defense stifled North Hagerstown in the closing minutes for a 1-0 victory Saturday in the second of three games on the tournament's second day. The tournament title game will be played later this year.

"We had a rough year last year, and we wanted to let everyone know we're back," Thompson said. "They've always been tough competition, every time we play them, it's a fun game and we enjoy it."

"They're a great team," Smithsburg coach Rich Daughtridge said. "That game could have gone either way."

Smithsburg (3-0) scored about 10 minutes in when a shot from junior Cassie Stanford deflected off North freshman keeper Alexi Suiter. Thompson, following the play and in the right place at the right time, found the back of the net.

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"It deflected off the goalie, and I just put it in," Thompson said.

Thompson's goal capped a remarkable two days in which she also scored all three goals in Smithsburg's 3-0 victory over Boonsboro on Friday.

The Hubs (1-1) missed a chance to tie the game late in the first half on Church's only mishap, but Smith missed the empty net from a sharp angle to the left.

The Leopards' defense made sure no other mishaps occurred. North senior Lindsay Smith made two runs up the left sideline late in the second half, only to be snuffed out by Smithsburg defensive specialist Lindsay Layman both times.

"She is our defensive captain," Daughtridge said. "She probably just sees the field better than anyone else. ... If anyone gets past us, she's there.

Even when Layman wasn't there, Church had her back in the second half, playing near-flawlessly in goal for her third straight shutout.

"I didn't expect the shutout tonight," Church said. "I thank the defense, they saved me so many times."

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