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Boonsboro edges Smithsburg in girls soccer

October 24, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

Boonsboro edges Smithsburg in girls soccer



BOONSBORO - Krista Hurley became very demanding on Monday.

The Boonsboro captain wanted the ball, wanted the shot, wanted a chance, wanted to win and wanted to beat Smithsburg on Senior Day.

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And she got everything she wanted in one split second and then some. Hurley took a short pass from Joelle Keyser on the right wing and threaded the needle with the game-winning goal to lead the No. 10 Warriors to a 2-1 victory over the No. 8 Leopards.

The Warriors scored two goals in a five-minute span in the second half to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit and get a measure of revenge over Smithsburg for a 3-0 loss in the Washington County tournament.

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"We just sort of clicked (in the second half)," Hurley said. "I wanted the ball and I sort of nailed it."

To be more precise, Hurley threaded the needle.

Boonsboro turned the match into a track meet in the second half, breaking the hold Smithsburg had with its short passing attack with some long, air-mailed clearing kicks that the Warriors ran down for scores.

"We stuck with our defense," Hurley said. "We planned to play the defense first today and we knew the shots would come."

Boonsboro's Lindsay Hicks tied the game at 1-1 in the 61st minute on one of those long lobs by Ashley Gossert. She got a step on Smithsburg's defense and unloaded a 10-yard, head-on shot over the top of goalie Lauren Church.

The score countered the gorgeous goal by Morgan Church, who hit on a running shot off the right wing in the first half, to give Smithsburg the early advantage.

"Hurley has a very accurate shot and so does Hicks," Boonsboro coach Karen Sornson. "She gets the ball and looks straight to the back of the goal."

Hurley got the game-winner in the 65th minute on another jailbreak pass that drew a crowd. Keyser tapped a pass through three Smithsburg defenders, allowing Hurley to unload through the crowd and into the top left of the net.

It was a score of huge importance for Boonsboro.

"They beat us 3-0 in the tournament and they are seeded higher than us," Sornson said. "We wanted this one. We wanted to show that Boonsboro is capable to play with anyone."

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