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Walkersvile tops Catoctin

September 21, 2000

Walkersvile tops Catoctin



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


THURMONT, Md. - Even before Thursday's girls soccer kickoff, No. 6 Walkersville had a decided advantage against No. 7 Catoctin.

The Cougars were coming off a 5-0 loss to Urbana the day before, a defeat worsened by the loss of starting goalkeeper Michele Bennett for at least two to three weeks with a head injury.

On the other side, Walkersville came in fresh as a result of a cancellation Tuesday, and four different players notched goals for the Lions in a 4-1 road victory over the Cougars in Monocacy Valley Athletic League play.

"Walkersville hasn't played since last week, and it's a well-rested team," Catoctin coach Kathy Stinefelt said.

The Lions were more aggressive than the Cougars from the outset, putting constant pressure on Catoctin's goal. Both of Walkersville's first-half goals came inside the six-yard box - Kelly Martin took a pass from Erin Carraghan in the 19th minute and beat Catoctin keeper Rachel Norman. Lindsay Neel followed in the 34th minute with a goal off Natasha Levanduski's assist for a 2-0 lead.

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"We had better possession of the ball in the first half," Walkersville coach Greg Keller said. "It was key to come out and establish ourselves. ... it was just good composure in the box by all the girls."

Stinefelt made a switch at keeper in the second half, replacing Norman with Nicole Aiken in the Cougars' net.

Walkersville wasted no time testing the senior. In the 46th minute, Leigh Hileman's left-foot shot on a loose ball found the corner of the net for a 3-0 lead that left the game no longer in doubt.

"It was nice to have that little cushion," Keller said. "Catoctin's not always an easy place to come in and play."

Six minutes later, and just moments after a corner kick that nearly found the net, Walkersville's Hannah Matesa's second corner kick curled and deflected off a Catoctin defender into the goal for a 4-0 advantage.

"It was just a beautiful ball from Hannah," Keller said.

The Cougars finished strong, scoring their only goal in the 79th minute on Cyndi Benjamin's left-footer from a harsh left angle to cut the deficit to 4-1. Aiken then made several athletic saves late against the Lions' sustained attack.

"(Aiken) may wind up being my alternate keeper the rest of the season," Stinefelt said.

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