Hubs earn soccer sweep

September 12, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

Logan Miller scored on a direct kick with 2:25 remaining in overtime to break a scoreless tie and give North Hagerstown a 1-0 victory over St. Maria Goretti in a boys soccer match Saturday at School Stadium.

In the girls game, the outcome was never in doubt as North scored early and often en route to a 10-1 victory.

ยท In the boys game, neither team threatened to score in overtime until the decisive goal.

A Goretti defender was called for a disputed tripping penalty on Miller around the top of the box, and the officials - feeling that the infraction occurred just outside the box - awarded Miller a direct kick. His shot deflected off a Goretti player and past Gaels goalkeeper Kevin Brashears, who was moving to his left when the ball deflected back to his right.

"It was a terrible call," Goretti coach Michael Long said of the play. "It was a great tackle by our sweeper and unfortunately the official was out of position and made a bad call. The game was very well officiated throughout regulation, but they got too picky in overtime."


Neither team generated much offense in the first half, but each had its scoring opportunities in the second half.

Goretti's best chance came with 24 minutes remaining in regulation when a handball in the North box gave Matthew Cotleur a penalty shot, but Hubs goalkeeper Josh Boecard dove to his right to stop Cotleur's shot. Boecard made two saves in the game.

The Hubs tested Brashears several times in the half but were unable to get one by him. Early in the half, he leapt to deflect a shot by Miller over the net. With 12 minutes remaining, he dove to stop another attempt by Miller.

In the closing minutes of regulation, Hubs striker Fabian Guillotin juked several Gaels defenders to get a shot from in close, but was stonewalled by Brashears.

"He's one of the best keepers in the state," Long said of Brashears, who made nine saves in the game. "He continually makes saves to keep us in games."

Both coaches felt the teams were evenly-matched.

"We got lucky with the deflection on the goal," said North coach Glen Singer. "I thought we had a few more scoring chances than they did, but Goretti defended real well. We're certainly glad to get the victory though."

Long said he felt the teams had an equal amount of scoring opportunities.

"It was a physical game," Long said. "This is a pretty big rivalry ... it meant a lot to both teams. I feel we deserved to get a point today and the game should have finished in a tie."

The Hubs improved to 2-2, while the Gaels dropped to 3-4.

n In the girls game, Kelsey Brasher scored three minutes into the game to give the Hubs a lead they would never relinquish.

Courtney Whorton, Whitney Whorton, Tia Scott and Brittany Boyer all tallied first-half goals for the Hubs, who improved to 3-1 on the season.

The Hubs dominated play, controlling the ball in Goretti territory throughout the game and registering 18 shots on goal. Goretti goalkeeper Erin Goins made six saves before giving way to freshman Andrea Buckner with 15 minutes left.

Courtney Whorton, Scott and Brasher each finished with two goals, while Jessica Shuff and Hannah Barton also scored in the second half. Tracy Thomas had two assists and Shuff and Becky Barnhart each had one. Goalkeeper Heather Mcleaf made four saves.

"I thought it was a good team effort," said Hubs coach Rick Aleshire. "Everybody got a chance to play a lot today. Our freshmen probably played more than anybody. It's good to get to play everyone."

Goretti's lone goal came in the closing seconds of the first half when Melanie Conner scored off a rebound.

"They are a really young team," Aleshire said of the Gaels. "I thought they played pretty good."

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