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Leopards get back at Hubs

October 13, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - The North Hagerstown girls soccer team won the Washington County Tournament title last month.

Smithsburg, the 2003 county champ, won back some of the bragging rights Tuesday night in an MVAL Antietam Conference matchup.

The No. 7 Leopards beat the No. 3 Hubs 4-1, avenging their 2-1 loss to North in the county semifinals for their fifth straight win.

"It's a really big win," said sophomore midfielder Katie Seifarth, who led Smithsburg with two goals Tuesday. "We've been wanting this forever since they beat us. We had more heart and we believed we could do it."

The Leopards (7-4, 4-1) went up 1-0 in the second minute of the game, as Seifarth punched Emily Favret's throw-in pass into the left side of the net, and they never relinquished the lead.

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"I was just there," Seifarth said. "Coach (Bill Fowkes) always says, 'Go for it,' and that's what I did."

Seifarth made it 2-0 in the third minute of the second half, taking a short pass from Shannon Fowkes, who drew the defense's attention at the goal line, and connecting up the middle.

Eight minutes later, Tara Bywaters scored off an assist from Cara Jordan, and five minutes after that, Fowkes put the Leopards up 4-0 on a penalty kick.

"It was just a very good team effort," Bill Fowkes said. "Offensively, we're finally starting to get some balanced scoring."

Of course, the Leopards had it easier in the second half. North star defender Cara Thompson left the field with a knee injury late in the first half and never returned.

"That hurt us," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "The score was still 1-0 when Thompson went out. There's no better defender in the whole area, bottom line."

North (9-3, 4-1) and Smithsburg are now tied for second place in the Antietam with one loss apiece and two conference games remaining for each, while Catoctin (7-1-1, 4-0), which handed Boonsboro its second conference loss Monday and beat Clear Spring on Tuesday, has sole possession of first.

"Smithsburg wanted it a little more than we did tonight," Aleshire said. "The win right now was more important to them. We're all locked in for a conference championship."

Allie Snyder scored off an assist from Lauren O'Boyle in the final moments of the game for North, which was outshot, 15-12.

Candace Stanford had seven saves for Smithsburg, while Heather McLeaf had nine for the Hubs.

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