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Middletown girls soccer team falls, 7-0

October 21, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

Middletown girls soccer team falls, 7-0



MIDDLETOWN, Md. - In theory, John Miller and the Middletown girls soccer team really couldn't lose by playing Baltimore metro power McDonogh in their regular-season finale Friday night.

Thanks to a bizarre set of circumstances, that's all the Knights did.

The Eagles' bus arrived an hour late, and not much else right happened the rest of the way for the Knights, who lost 7-0 in a game stopped with 13 minutes to play.

"I don't even have an explanation," Miller said. "We didn't play well. ... We gave away four goals and had two shots that could have gone in. But we made way too many mental mistakes, and this is a mental game."

Middletown's brain went on vacation early - and stayed there. Keeper Anna Halse left her line to gather an easy centering pass in the third minute, only to watch it bounce over her head. Christina Juras cleaned up the mistake for a 1-0 lead.

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Less than a minute later, Lacey Gawler attempted to clear a ball out of the middle of the penalty area, only to kick it into her own net for a 2-0 game. Juras made it 3-0 two minutes later after putting in her own rebound.

Down 5-0 at the half, the Knights (12-3) started to gain a little momentum in the second half only to watch it vanish in a gruesome instant. A hard McDonogh pass through the middle deflected off a Middletown leg and hit midfielder Kim Waeber square in the face. The game was delayed nearly a half hour while an ambulance was called and took Waeber to the hospital.

Miller said Waeber had a concussion, but never lost consciousness.

"She had a mild concussion Tuesday, but she wanted to try," Miller said. "But that ball was incredible ... you could have had no concussion and had a hard time coming back from that."

Her teammates did the same. McDonogh's Mary Beth Creed scored directly off the restart from 35 yards for a 6-0 game and Jeanetta McGettagan hit another free kick through Halse's hands.

To cap the ultimately bad night, the game was stopped after Middletown reserve Brenda Shakley was injured at midfield.

The whole point of the night was to get the Knights a little competition heading into the Maryland playoffs next week.

The point was missed.

"We're not going to overemphasize it, but at the same time, we made so many mistakes tonight and you can't do that against quality teams," Miller said. "And that's all we're going to see from here on out."

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