Girls event opens with close calls

September 04, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - A few interesting things happened during Friday's tripleheader on the first day of the Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament at Clear Spring High School.

One thing was that all three games were tied at halftime.

The North Hagerstown Hubs broke a scoreless tie at halftime to defeat the Williamsport Wildcats 4-1 in the first game.

The Boonsboro Warriors snapped a 1-1 halftime tie by scoring two goals during the second half to knock off the Smithsburg Leopards 3-1 in the second game.

When the South Hagerstown Rebels and Clear Spring Blazers were locked in a scoreless tie after two overtimes during the third game, they had to go to a shootout. South won the shootout 5-4 to break a 10-match losing streak.

Today, Williamsport will play Clear Spring at 4 p.m., South Hagerstown will play Boonsboro at 6 and Smithsburg squares off against North Hagerstown at 8.


Kelsey Brasher scored two of North Hagerstown's four goals in the second half. Jessica Shuff and Lauren O'Boyle had the other goals for North Hagerstown. Courtney Whorton, Tia Scott and Stephanie Rulle had one assist each for North Hagerstown.

"During the second half, we were more deliberate," North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire said. "We went more to our midfielders and that is when we broke their backs down. Our sophomore goalkeeper, Heather McCleaf, did a good job in her first varsity start. Heather made a few good saves for us. Cara Thompson and Brittany Boyer played solid defense in the back for us."

Danielle Daughtridge, Hayley Harnett and Sarah Keyser scored one goal each, while Whitney Shepherd had an assist for Boonsboro.

"We try to play a high-pressure game," Boonsboro coach John Burtner said. "We try to pressure both ends of the field. Our girls have been looking for a win against Smithsburg for a long time. I honestly don't know when was the last time that we beat Smithsburg."

South Hagerstown coach Bruce Buhrman had plenty of praise for his players.

"The defense did a very wonderful job," Buhrman said. "Someone was always picking up when somebody else missed their work. I am very pleased with the way that things went and with the way that the girls played."

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