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McAbee's hat trick lifts North's boys soccer team

September 17, 2002|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - Senior Ben McAbee scored a hat trick on Monday night to lead the North Hagerstown Hubs to their fifth straight win, a 6-0 victory over the Clear Spring Blazers in a Washington County high school boys' soccer game.

McAbee claimed that North (5-1, No. 3 Herald-Mail Poll) came out ready to go against Clear Spring (2-3-1).

"We wanted to come out and show the county that we weren't just a one-time team," McAbee said. "We beat them 4-0 last game. We wanted to come out strong tonight and prove that we could do it again. I just took my shots as they came and I got them. We got a big lead early and that helped us to work on our possession. We were practicing on moving the ball around a little bit better."

McAbee feels that the Hubs have shown improvement since the beginning of the season.

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"We got off to a slow start in our season-opener against Williamsport," McAbee added. "But we have come back strong and have showed other teams that we are not just an average team. We're trying to be the best team in Washington County."

North coach Glen Singer had plenty of praise for McAbee.

"Ben McAbee works real hard," Singer said. "He has good speed and good instincts. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Singer was pleased that the Hubs once again got a big lead early.

"Anytime that you can score early and get on top, it makes the game a lot easier and you don't feel as much pressure," Singer added. "When we do that, we feel that we can compete with most teams in the area. We move the ball around. Our goal is to open up the field and create chances. When we do that, then more people can get chances."

Mikael Tigrett got one goal and two assists, James Idol and Austin Lucas scored one goal each, Brandon Bell had two assists and Dan Ryan had one assist for the Hubs.

Blazers' goalkeeper Josh Barnhart made 13 saves.

JV: North, 6-0

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