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North girls knocked out of state tourney

October 27, 2000

North girls knocked out of state tourney



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


There's a difference between making your own breaks and getting them.

Friday afternoon in the first round of the Maryland Class 3A West girls soccer tournament, North Hagerstown got neither.

South Carroll turned a questionable call into a score to grab the momentum, then made two goals of its own to rally past the Hubs, 3-2.

"South Carroll stepped up and played a lot more physical in the second half, absolutely," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "But the turning point was that call. That should have never been made."

The whistle in question occurred in the 61st minute. With the Cavaliers (7-6-2) pressing to open the second half, a loose ball bounced to the upper right side of the penalty area, where North sweeper Nikki Holman slide tackled the ball away from an opposing forward.

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Despite missing the South Carroll player entirely - and knocking the ball cleanly out of bounds - the referee awarded the Cavaliers a penalty kick because of dangerous play, which Jenny Conaway put into the net to slice North's lead in half to 2-1.

"At halftime, we sat down some of our regular kids and let them watch a little," South Carroll coach Jim Horn said. "They weren't out there, and I think they decided they didn't like that too much. After that, everybody stepped up."

The Cavaliers kept up the pressure, and after North defender Brittany Tesla left because of injury, they went right back to that side of the field, getting a counterattack goal from Katie Dulany in the 63rd minute to tie the score.

One minute later, the Cavaliers took the lead on a corner kick that cleared its intended target but was cleaned up in the back by Conaway.

Suddenly, the momentum from North's goals by Meghan Hudak and Kaycie Parfitt - scored in an eight-minute stretch in the first half on perfectly placed assists by Lindsay Smith - was long gone.

Twenty minutes later, so was the Hubs' season.

"The girls were tremendous. We took it to them in the first half, they took it to us in the second half," Aleshire said. "It's just disappointing, because that call just shouldn't have been made."

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