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Girls soccer tournament opens with three games

September 06, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The North Hagerstown Hubs, the Clear Spring Blazers and the Smithsburg Leopards all posted shutout victories Friday in the first round of the Fifth Annual Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament.

The Hubs defeated the Boonsboro Warriors 3-0, the Blazers edged the South Hagerstown Rebels 2-0 and the Leopards beat the Williamsport Wildcats, 5-0.

The second round of the tournament will be played today at Clear Spring High School. Williamsport will face Boonsboro in the fifth-place game at 4 p.m. Clear Spring will meet North Hagerstown in the first semifinal at 6; South Hagerstown will take on Smithsburg in the second semifinal at 8.

The championship game is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at School Stadium.

Shannon Fowkes had three goals and two assists, while Kristen Poffenberger added two goals and one assist to lead Smithsburg. Tara Bywaters and Lauren Layman added one assist each. Smithsburg goalkeeper Candace Stanford made 11 saves, while Williamsport goalkeeper Catie Vancour had 23 saves.

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"For the first game of the season, we played extremely well," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "Our defense was solid. Our team speed was a great asset to us. Shannon Fowkes and Kristen Poffenberger worked really well together up front tonight."

Corrie Jones scored two goals, while Christine Wason added one goal and one assist to spark North. Jessica Watters had two assists. North Hagerstown goalkeeper Alexa Suiter had eight saves, while Boonsboro goalkeeper Haley Burtner made 12 saves.

"We came out in the second half and played where we should be," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "We were more focused and the girls understood more of what we wanted. The result was that we got the ball in the back of the net."

Lindsey Keyton led Clear Spring by scoring both goals. Keyton's second goal came on a headbutt. Katie Sheffler and Jackie Hornbaker had one assist each. Clear Spring goalkeeper Amy Mills made nine saves, while South Hagerstown goalkeeper Brittany Shadrach had eight saves.

"We started playing a little better in the midfield," Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler said. "We started applying more pressure on the offensive end and that is when we scored our second goal. We had some more opportunities, but we just couldn't finish them."

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