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A look at things to come

October 26, 2000

A look at things to come



No. 3 Gaels hold off No. 4 Hubs, 1-0

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


Wednesday's girls soccer showdown between No. 3 St. Maria Goretti and No. 4 North Hagerstown saw both teams looking ahead just a little bit to the postseason this weekend.

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In the end, the Gaels focused on the task at hand enough to get a win.

Bobbie Johnson's 30-yard shot beat Hubs keeper Emily Clutz in the 24th minute, and the Gaels hung on for a 1-0 victory on their Senior Day.

"That may have the best game this year in the county," Goretti coach Victor Della Mea said. "Counterattack, attack, the refs let the girls play today ... and Bobbie tucked it in."

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Johnson's shot looked harmless enough after it left her foot, but when it leveled out and sailed over Clutz's head, it gave Goretti (16-2-1) the edge - but only for a while.

The game's momentum swung like the pendulum on a grandfather clock, in big, slow, sweeping strokes. One team would build up its offense, get a shot or two as its opponent would slowly regroup and take the advantage back.

There were missed opportunites by both teams in the second half. Michelle Fickes of North (9-5) didn't get everything into a shot from 12 yards, and Goretti keeper Lauren Costello made an easy save. The Gaels' Meggan McGill boomed one over the crossbar from close range.

"We knew coming in ... there were some things we wanted to look at. We pulled up some JV players and wanted to see what they looked like," North coach Rick Aleshire said.

"The one thing we didn't want to do was hurt someone. I wanted them to be careful because we've got South Carroll (in the first round of the 3A West playoffs) Friday. That's the most important game right now."

"This gives the girls all the confidence. We've got (three) straight shutouts heading into the playoffs," Della Mea said. "There weren't really any losers today. It was just two really good teams heading into the playoffs."

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