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Middletown downs Smithsburg

September 21, 2000

Middletown over SmithsburgMiddletown downs Smithsburg



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

SMITHSBURG - It's safe to say that every soccer team in the area would be pleased with five goals in a game.

Middletown's girls team, however, decided to double its pleasure.

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Paced by Kim Waeber's hat trick and a pair of goals apiece from Trista Haupt and Lainey Nichols, No. 2 Knights blitzed No. 4 Smithsburg, 10-3 Thursday night in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game, knocking the Leopards from the ranks of the undefeated.

"We have a very talented team and we go into each game expecting to win, but I'm not sure we expect to come out and dominate a team,'' said Middletown coach John Miller. "We anticipated Smithsburg to be the best team in Washington County."

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But when Waeber scored in the fourth minute off a Haupt corner kick, the rout was on. The Knights (5-0, 3-0) followed it with three more scores in the next 28 minutes. Two of those three goals - one by Erica Miss, and the other by Cora Reid - were perfectly placed above the outstretched arm of Leopards goalie Lauren Church.

"It sets the pace of the game when the other team scores first, but I don't think it devastated us," said Richard Daughtridge. "We made some mistakes and we have some holes that are being filled, but the season is far from over. These girls have spirit and they have courage, so it's far from over."

Stephanie Smith pulled the Leopards (5-1, 2-1) to within 4-1 in the 36th minute on a Sarah Shinham assist, but Middletown wasted little time retaliating as Nichols lofted yet another goal in the 38th minute just above Church's reach.

Waeber completed the hat trick in the 46th minute on a pass from Haupt, before Smithsburg's Morgan Church made it 6-2 off a Kyley Thompson assist. After Nichols' second goal made it 7-2, Church followed with a breakaway goal in the 73rd minute. Both of Haupt's goals, and one by Stef Burroughs came within the final three minutes of the match.

The Knights scored an average of once every eight minutes, and scored on 10 of their 19 shots on goal. Meanwhile, Smithsburg managed just four shots on goal.

"Every good team has a time in their life when they lose with dignity," said Daughtridge. "We have nothing to be ashamed of. We just played a top team that played at the top of its game."

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