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Coaches win debuts in girls tourney

September 05, 2002|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - A few interesting things happened when the Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament opened on Wednesday night at Williamsport.

The North Hagerstown Hubs pulled out a tough 2-1 win over the Williamsport Wildcats.

Two new soccer coaches won their debuts during the other two games. Jeff Semler guided the Clear Spring Blazers to a 7-0 win over the South Hagerstown Rebels. Bill Fowkes directed the Smithsburg Leopards to a 3-1 win over the Boonsboro Warriors.

The three winners and the top loser will advance to today's semifinals at Smithsburg. Since Williamsport and Boonsboro were tied for fourth place, that position was decided by a coin toss.

As a result, Boonsboro got fourth place.

The two semifinal winners will then play each other in the championship game on Sept. 28 at 3 at School Stadium.

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The Hubs outshot the Wildcats 12-5 in their win. The Hubs held a 1-0 lead at halftime after an unassisted goal by Corrie Jones with 28:19 remaining in the first half. The Hubs pushed their lead to 2-0 with 30:50 to go in the second half when Brenna Bacon added an unassisted goal.

"I just thought for an opening game, everybody did a pretty good job," North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire. "We have still got some things to work on, defensively. All in all, a win is a win. We got the lead early and the girls played well defensively to hold on to the lead. We knew that John Weimer was going to have his girls prepared. I thought that Williamsport played great tonight."

Williamsport's only point came on an unassisted goal by Meggan McGill with 18:55 left in the second half.

The Leopards outshot the Warriors 21-3 in their victory. Smithsburg got unassisted goals by Shannon Fowkes, Laura Cheung and Kristen Poffenberger.

"It feels great," Fowkes said about his first win. "The girls worked hard for three weeks to get to this point. I thought that we played well as a team. It was big for us to get a goal early. That gave us some confidence. I thought that we got a great effort out of our defensive backs."

Allison Fries had an unassisted goal for Boonsboro.

The Blazers won their game by outshooting the Rebels 29-8. Clear Spring built a 3-0 halftime lead behind three unassisted goals by Lauren Ebersole.

"It feels pretty good to win my first game out," Semler said. "It was the first time that we had ever won in the opening round of the tournament. We played well together and we just have to continue to play well as a team. It was absolutely good teamwork."

Tawnya Blair, Laci Faith, Megan Blickenstaff and Kayla Canfield had one goal each for Clear Spring in the second half. Ashley Lockard had one assist for the Blazers.

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