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Hubs trip Rebels to pay tribute

October 19, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown soccer teams didn't waste a chance to honor the memory of one of their biggest fans in a memorable way.

The late Jo Ann Tigrett is gone but was far from forgotten as the Hubs girls unloaded a 8-0 shutout victory over South Hagerstown, followed by the boys' 6-0 win over the Rebels Saturday in a MVAL Antietam doubleheader at School Stadium.

Tigrett, who was the mother of North Hagerstown player Mikael Tigrett, died of cancer in April. She was a huge supporter of the sport and helped in improving the game in the area.

Both teams made resounding early showings by moving to 5-0 leads by halftime to assume control of the matches.

In the girls' game, North Hagerstown goalkeeper Alexa Suiter recorded her eighth shutout of the season as the Hubs (12-1, 6-0) clinched the Conference.

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"This is the first title that we have ever won in girls' soccer," North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire. "The girls have worked hard all year. Now, we have to set our sights on winning the region title."

Seven different Hubs scored while the defense turned in a strong showing in front of Suiter.

"We have had 14 different people score for us this year," Aleshire said. "We are not a one-dimensional or a two-dimensional team. I'll put our defense up against anybody in the area. Our defense is good. We have given up only seven goals all year long."

Courtney Whorton scored two goals and Kelsey Brasher issued two assists for North. Kelly Salvagno, Brenna Bacon and Corrie Jones each had one goal and one assist apiece for the top-ranked Hubs.

Jen Tolbert, Cara Thompson and Emily Kelso scored once each, while Whitney Whorton had an assist to support Suiter.

"I think that I have come back this season a lot more solid than what I have in the past," Suiter said. "I think that our win says a lot about our team and our improvements throughout the season. It also sets the tone going into the playoffs."

"The whole team was flat today and we did not play as well as what I have seen us do in the past," South Hagerstown coach Bruce Buhrman said. "North played very well and executed well. We weren't able to counter. I wish North luck in the playoffs."

In the boys' game, senior Matt Morin had two goals and one assist for No. 3 North (11-2, 5-1).

"We played real hard," Morin said. "Once our offense got it going, we connected on a lot of passes and broke through the defense pretty easily."

Charlie Hamilton added one goal and two assists for the Hubs, while Brandon Bell, James Idol and John Arevalo had one goal apiece. Chad Winger had an assiste.

"We moved the ball around pretty nice," North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer said. "It is a good tuneup for the playoffs. Our defense was strong. We really didn't give South any opportunities."

Rebels' goalkeeper Mike Kozlowski had seven saves.

"We tried to pack our defense in the back and then we tried to counterattack where we would hope that we would catch them off-guard," South Hagerstown coach Jim Mills said. "But it didn't work. They worked the ball pretty well through our defense. They had the skill of passing and moving through our space. It takes the wind out of your sails."

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