North gets countered in Class 3A

November 07, 2000

North gets countered in Class 3A

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

Time ran out on the North Hagerstown soccer team long before it ran out on the clock.

In fact, there was still 15 minutes left on the School Stadium clock when the Hubs' chronograph reached 0:00.

Walter Johnson defended its Maryland Class 3A West title Tuesday by putting North on a treadmill, tiring out the Hubs out to the point where the Wildcats' defense started a pair of jailbreak goals finished by Andres Serafini in a 91-second span to take a 2-0 victory.

"I think 25 minutes into the second half, our defense wore down," North coach Lance Baker said. "Basically, we got caught upfield and they had some big passes and we didn't get back."

Serafini should have been humming "Don't Fence Me In" as he stormed down an open left side.

Walter Johnson (14-3) started out with physical play to disrupt the Hubs and then kicked in its superior speed up front to keep North out of the offensive flow.


And when North (16-2) mounted an attack, it backfired.

"Our backs and defensemen are strong," Walter Johnson coach Corky Logsdon said. "Our defense gives us a lot of transition to the front. We never seem to score early, so we don't seem to panic."

The Wildcats failed to cash in on three premium chances - including a shot off the crossbar in the first 30 seconds - for a scoreless tie at the half.

Walter Johnson broke the game open in the 63rd minute as its aggressive moves paid off.

Defenseman Sam Hebst beat Filip Simic to the ball and turned it with a pass to Paul Andrews in the midfield. Andrews found Serafini, who looped from the right side to the left sideline for the pass that he finished off for the goal with 17:18 left.

Walter Johnson made it 2-0 quickly as Serafini came in from the left side off a midfield steal by Jeremy Jacobson and popped in the goal on a sliding kick in front of the net.

North stayed in the game, thanks to some spectacular saves by goalie David Chaney, but couldn't mount any offense to take the pressure off of him.

"We came into this game beat up with a lot of guys still sore from Saturday's game," Baker said. "But you have to give credit to their defense. They did some of it. We didn't get any great opportunities to score."

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