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Gladhill shoots Cougars past No. 4 Williamsport

October 10, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - It was target practice for Catoctin's Lindsey Gladhill Wednesday night during the Cougars' Monocacy Valley Athletic League girls soccer matchup with No. 4 Williamsport.

After missing the target on her first 11 shots, including several one-on-one breakaways, Gladhill, who finished with 15 of Catoctin's 21 shots, finally hit the bull's-eye from long range.

Twenty-three minutes into the second half, the senior forward took the ball on the left side and dribbled past four Wildcats defenders to midfield. There, she boomed a 30-yarder that cleared the reach of 'Cats keeper Catie Vancour and caught the right corner of the net to lift the Cougars (6-3, 4-1) to a 1-0 victory.

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"Bottom line, of course, is Lindsey Gladhill," said Williamsport coach John Weimer, whose squad fell to 6-3-2 (4-1-2). "She's a very good player. She has the ability to go one-on-one, and she has the ability to beat four, which is what she did on the goal."

But the Wildcats hung tough against Gladhill's rapid fire, taking a scoreless tie into the break, despite being outshot 12-0 in the first half. That was due in large part to Vancour, who made eight of her 10 saves in the first half.

"First half, we were first to the ball, we controlled it," said Catoctin coach Sue Herring. "That keeper had a fantastic game, definitely."

Williamsport came out aggressive in the second half, firing off all six of its shots in the first 20 minutes. But, Catoctin keeper Kaitlyn Byrne made three saves to keep the shutout intact, and the Cougars continued to attack the goal.

"They came back in the second half," Herring said. "But we just kept shooting and we knew eventually one would go in."

Once one did, Catoctin continued its pressure, never easing off for a moment.

"We were a little worried, but we knew we could finish it," said Gladhill. "The good thing about our team is that after we score, we never give up and just think we're going to win. We always stay focused."

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