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Smithsburg splits two in Class 1A South

November 01, 2000

Smithsburg splits two in Class 1A South



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Smithsburg / PoolesvilleSMITHSBURG - It certainly was Halloween for the Smithsburg soccer teams Tuesday night in the Maryland Class 1A South quarterfinals. One trick. One treat.

The boys team survived the cold for a 1-0 victory over South Hagerstown, but the girls couldn't survive a key injury and a close call in a shootout, losing 2-1 to Poolesville in sudden-death penalty kicks.

In the boys game, Smithsburg goalkeeper Brandon Rethemeyer made 10 saves for his second shutout of the season - both against the Rebels (4-11).

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"I think that our defense played a really great game," Rethemeyer said. "We shut down a lot of scoring opportunities. Once we scored, we really got charged up."

Sophomore Steven Kurz scored the only goal of the game for Smithsburg (5-8-1) through the middle on an assist by senior Bryan Seifarth with 28:53 left in the second half.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the girls game, the game was a 1-1 tie before a pair of scoreless overtimes. The Leopards (9-6) were hurt twice over by an injury to forward to Kyley Thompson with 11 minutes to go; they lost her for the rest of the game and the shootout.

Both teams made three of their first five shots, but not without controversy. One shot by Poolesville (4-8-2) hit the post and bounced back into play before going into the net before officials called it a goal. Poolesville then ended it with a score on the first shot of sudden death.

"We have all of our starters coming back next year," Smithsburg coach Richard Daughtridge said. "Most of them were juniors this year."

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