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Hubs make impression with Knights

October 16, 2002|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Don't even try to convince the North Hagerstown boys soccer team that patience is a virtue.

Mikael Tigrett already taught them otherwise.

The junior striker wasted little time establishing control of the game for the Hubs Tuesday night, scoring the first of his two goals in just the fifth minute of play, as No. 4 North shut down No. 8 Middletown, 3-0, in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League match.

The win keeps the Hubs in the thick of the MVAL race, just behind Williamsport.

Tigrett was simply in the right place at the right time, as the Knights' goalkeeper Danny Favarulo was unable to control Ben McAbee's shot, and Tigrett put it into the wide open net.

"(Scoring early) sets the tempo," said Tigrett. "It sends them a message that we're ready to play."

Middletown coach Bob Sheffler heard that message loud and clear.

"I'm so impressed with North Hagerstown," said Sheffler. "They came out with intensity, they came out believing in themselves, and they came out committed to going to the goal. We were overwhelmed by them."

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The Knights (6-4-1, 4-2-1), indeed, seemed dazed after Tigrett's early score, as the Hubs tacked on another score in the 14th minute when Dan Ryan took a shot from 25 yards out that squirted past a diving Favarulo, whose vision may have been obstructed by a Middletown defender.

Tigrett added the final goal in the 36th minute, left-footing a cross into the right corner of the goal.

"We had a good warm-up, we were focused, and we came out strong," said Hubs coach Glen Singer. "It always makes a difference when you can score early. It takes some of the pressure off."

The three-goal edge certainly took some of the pressure off North (11-2, 5-1) in the second half, as Middletown was able to match the Hubs' intensity in the final 40 minutes, kept the ball out of their own net, and managed to limit North's scoring opportunities.

The Hubs took nine shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, but were held to just three in the second half.

"We talked (at the half) about the second half being an opportunity to self-destruct as a team," Sheffler said. "Fortunately, we came out and played much better in the second half."

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