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Cougars reach objectives by shutting out Rebels

October 22, 2002|by ANDREW MASONandrewm@herald-mail.com

Catoctin girls soccer coach Sue Herring said she wanted to use her team's Monocacy Valley Athletic League matchup against winless South Hagerstown Monday night to "practice doing things right, get everyone in the game and try some people at different positions."

It was a mission accomplished for the No. 5 Cougars. Kaitlyn Byrne - Catoctin's starting goalkeeper - rounded out the visitors' scoring from the striker position, knocking in a cross pass from Brittany Reaver late in the second half to cap an 8-0 victory.

"We were real excited about that one," said Cougars forward Lindsey Gladhill. "It was a good game for all of us, just getting everyone goals."

Of course, that's also including a season-high four of her own. Gladhill gave Catoctin a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the first half, dribbling down the left side and unleashing a shot into the inside of the right post. Fourteen minutes later, Gladhill had a hat trick as Catoctin (9-4, 7-2) led 5-0 on its way to a commanding 6-0 advantage at the break.

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Colleen Weeks, Marisa Canella and Laurie Burrier each added a first-half goal for the Cougars, who outshot the Rebels, 35-1, while Samantha Zimmerman had two assists and Burrier added one. Byrne and Canella combined keeping efforts for the shutout, with Canella registering the lone save in the second half.

South keeper Brianne Jamison made 12 saves.

Catoctin closes out its regular season Wednesday against North Hagerstown. Then it's off to the MPSSAA tournament for the Cougars, who have the top seed in the Class 1A South Region.

"I just want to finish out the season on a high," Herring said, "and keep the record looking good."

For South, which ended its regular season at 0-13 (0-9), the focus is on next fall.

"I knew it was going to be a building year going into it," said Rebels coach Bruce Buhrman. "We still need to do a lot of things differently than what we're doing, but we have improved from where we started.

"We only have two seniors, so hopefully next year we can build on what we've done and create more offense."

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