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Blazers, Hubs in girls final

North, Clear Spring, Williamsport net shutouts.

North, Clear Spring, Williamsport net shutouts.

September 06, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - It was a big evening for goalkeepers in the second-round of Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament action Thursday at Smithsburg High School.

All three games were shutouts.

In the first semifinal - a rematch of last year's title game - North Hagerstown junior keeper Alexa Suiter tallied 12 saves as the Hubs turned the table, blanking defending champ Smithsburg, 2-0. In the nightcap, junior Amy Mills racked up 15 saves in Clear Spring's 2-0 semifinal win over Boonsboro.

The battle for fifth place went to Williamsport, which got a shutout performance from sophomore goalie Caitlin Whitman in a 5-0 win over South Hagerstown.

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The championship will be Sept. 28, when the Blazers and Hubs play at School Stadium.

"No goals tonight," North head coach Rick Aleshire said. "Alexa's worked hard this year to get where she is right now.

"We knew coming in Smithsburg was going to be tough. You're going to have to be prepared when you play against them."

"It's a huge win," Clear Spring head coach Jeff Semler said. "We've never made it out of the first round and now we're going to the championship. The girls earned it. We got outstanding play from our goalkeeper and just enough offense."

Of course, the night was not without its offensive stars as well.

Junior midfielder Corrie Jones shined for North - which outshot the Leopards, 18-11 - scoring both of the Hubs' goals unassisted. The first came midway through the first half, as Jones, from the right of the box, floated a shot over goalie Lisa Bellela's head that just caught the left corner of the net. Jones' second score was nearly identical to the first, catching the right corner of the goal this time on a floater from the left side.

"I've been practicing those all summer, the high floaters, so it's nice," Jones said. "Those goals were for God, not for me."

The Blazers got an unassisted goal each from forward Lindsey Keyton in the first half and forward Noelle Hart in the second.

"I've always wanted to play on the varsity team since I was younger, and I'm just real excited that I got a goal," said Keyton, who put Clear Spring up for good with just over minute remaining before the break. "I've been waiting for it for a long time."

Meggan McGill was Williamsport's loaded weapon Thursday. The junior midfielder turned in a hat trick, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the break before tallying two more scores in the opening minutes of the second half. Rachel Smith and Jessica Clingan also each added a goal for Williamsport, which outshot South, 29-4.

"Our first half wasn't the greatest, but we picked it up in the second half," said McGill. "I'm excited with how we ended the game. I think we'll have a great year this year."

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