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Smithsburg wins shootout, to play North for title

September 06, 2002|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - The Smithsburg Leopards and the North Hagerstown Hubs won their semifinal games on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Washington County Boys Soccer Tournament.

The boys' county title game will be played at 1 p.m. on Sept. 28 at School Stadium. After battling the Williamsport Wildcats to a scoreless draw during regulation, Smithsburg won a 3-0 shootout. North Hagerstown blanked the Clear Spring Blazers, 4-0.

In the fifth-place game, the Boonsboro Warriors beat the South Hagerstown Rebels, 6-1.

Smithsburg (2-0) got goals from David McDougal, Zachary Fay and Scott Hutzell during the shootout to edge past Williamsport (1-1). Leopards' senior goalkeeper Sean Hunt, who is one of five returning starters from Smithsburg's region championship team from last year, recorded a shutout.

"Throughout the game, I just played hard and strong," Hunt said. "I knew that it would come down to a shootout. I was confident in my shooters. I just let it all out at the end. I just made sure that Williamsport didn't put the ball in the net; that was my goal.

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Williamsport is a really hard team to beat and they always have been. I just stepped up and held my ground."

Smithsburg coach Paul Newman was proud of Hunt's performance at the goalkeeper position.

"Sean Hunt has got the most amazing reactions for a goalkeeper that I have seen in a long time," Newman said. "His athletic ability is phenomenal. In my opinion, I think that he is the best goalkeeper in the county. I think that he is going to be All-MVAL. Williamsport also has a good goalkeeper in Ryan Martin. Whenever Smithsburg and Williamsport get together, it is going to be a good game."

Mikael Tigrett got two goals and one assist, while Ben McAbee added one goal and two assists to help North Hagerstown (1-1) blank Clear Spring (1-1). James Idol had the other goal for the Hubs. North Hagerstown junior goalkeeper Ryne Powell recorded a shutout. The Hubs outshot the Blazers 34-1.

"The boys played hard and moved the ball nicely," North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer said. "They created opportunities and they were smart enough to take advantage of them. Anytime that you can score early, it takes a little pressure off. I think that we were motivated to protect our lead after we lost a lead last night. Our defense played smart. They did not make any mistakes. They made the right decision every time."

Marc Nicolosi scored two goals, Cory Van Cleave got three assists and Zach Bower added two assists to enable Boonsboro (1-1) to beat South Hagerstown (0-2). Anthony Dowell, Caleb Gill, Andrew Bryson and Gary Bridges scored one goal apiece for the Warriors. Adam Truax had one assist for the Warriors. Emens Rho scored the Rebels' only goal off of an assist from Andrew Shadrach.

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