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Hubs defeat 'Cats

September 30, 2000

Hubs defeat 'Cats



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


After losing to Williamsport in the Washington County Public Schools boys soccer tournament final last year, one thing was perfectly clear on Saturday: this year's title game meant that much more to North Hagerstown.

Filip Simic and Tim Salvagno anchored what at times seemed an unstoppable Hubs counterattacking offense, and No. 5 North never let down in a 4-0 victory over the Wildcats at School Stadium.

Not only did the win give the Hubs the tournament title, but it sent a clear message to the No. 4 Wildcats.

"We wanted to prove to everybody we're the best team around here," Simic said. "If you ask any player here, this wasn't just another game for us."

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"It's more or less bragging rights for the rest of the year," Salvagno added. "They have a good team, but we came out and proved we're pretty good, too."

It didn't take the Hubs long to prove it, either.

In the ninth minute, Salvagno sent a long ball from midfield up the middle, and Mike Brooks beat Williamsport goalie Ryan Martin to the ball, rolling it past Martin to the left.

Two minutes later, the Hubs received a gift on another counterattack when Martin misplayed a rolling ball. Simic cleaned up for the 2-0 lead on North's first two shots of the game.

"I knew we couldn't outpass Williamsport," Hubs coach Lance Baker said. "I knew we'd have to have quick counterattacks to beat this team."

North goalie David Chaney made two diving saves later in the first half to preserve the Hubs' lead into halftime. Then after Williamsport (6-2) applied pressure early in the second half, the Hubs (7-0) counterattacked twice more with ruthless precision.

In the 45th minute, Salvagno made a run up right side and found Simic on a cross. Simic's shot rolled past Martin into the left side of the net for the senior's second goal.

North put the game on ice just two minutes later when Simic found Salvagno in the middle 20 yards in front. Salvagno spun to his left, and his shot beat Martin to the left, giving North the 4-0 lead and Salvagno a goal with his two assists.

"I know where (Filip and Mike) will be, and they know where I will be," Salvagno said. "Us three work real well together."

And Baker says the best is yet to be seen out of North, a scary proposition considering the Hubs' last two victories. They defeated No. 7 Clear Spring 4-2 on Thursday.

"If one person is down, another person picks up the slack. When two are down, two more pick up the slack ... I don't really think I've seen the full potential of this team yet."

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