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Hubs avenge loss to Smithsburg

October 14, 2000

Hubs avenge loss to Smithsburg



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


It wasn't hard for North Hagerstown girls soccer coach Rick Aleshire to find the right words during halftime of Saturday's game against Smithsburg.

"They've been talking all year about this game, ever since the county tournament," Aleshire said. "I told them this was their time to step up."

And so the Hubs did.

Remembering a 1-0 loss to Smithsburg in the Washington County tournament, No. 4 North played inspired soccer in the first 10 minutes of the second half, scoring the go-ahead goal early and hanging on late for a 2-1 victory over the No. 7 Leopards in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"We said at halftime we had to come out and want it," Smithsburg coach Richard Daughtridge said. "Obviously, North came out and wanted it. North is a great team, Rick's done a fine job with the girls."

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The Hubs (9-3, 6-2) scored in the game's 12th minute when Meghan Hudak made a run up the middle and beat Leopards keeper Lauren Church to the right, ending Church's 92-minute shutout string against the Hubs.

Smithsburg (8-4, 4-3) answered in the 29th minute when Lindsay Layman found Morgan Church in the middle. The shot beat North keeper Alexa Suiter to the left, and the teams went into halftime tied, 1-1.

However, the Hubs jumped on the Leopards early in the second half, taking more shots in the first 10 minutes (five) than they had in the entire first half (three).

The first shot of the half was the one that put the Hubs ahead. Kaycie Parfitt's throw-in from the left sideline found a streaking Lindsay Smith, whose left-foot shot beat Lauren Church high just two minutes in.

"We did that at exactly the right time, and we didn't pack it in," Aleshire said. "We knew we had to keep the pressure on."

Smithsburg managed only four shots in the second half, as North's defense made the one-goal lead stand until the final whistle.

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