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Hubs blank Lions

October 21, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

Despite a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory over No. 3 Catoctin on Monday, North Hagerstown's Kelsey Brasher still likes having the lead.

"We like to get the lead first, then kind of control the pace of the game," Brasher said.

The No. 6 Hubs controlled the pace and pretty much anything else they wanted to control in a 3-0 victory over No. 8 Walkersville under a steady rain Wednesday.

Just three minutes into the game, Brasher broke into the open field and sprinted with the ball down to within 20 yards of the Lions' goal.

After beating the defender, she sent the ball sailing past Walkersville goalkeeper Michelle White for a 1-0 lead.

"After getting up the field a little, I saw an opening," Brasher said. "Once I got past their defense, I knew I could get a pretty good shot off so I took it."

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"Kelsey is one of our biggest leaders out there on the field," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "Usually when she can break into the open field, we can count on a goal."

Three minutes later, the Hubs were in the net again. This time Lauren O'Boyle assisted on a goal by Allie Snyder for a 2-0 advantage.

The lead was plenty for the North defense, which kept the ball out of its side of the field for much of the game, limiting any serious threats.

"Once they got the early lead, they were playing with all the confidence," Walkersville coach Kent Wetzel said. "It seemed almost like our girls didn't want to be out there."

"No doubt, our defense played very well," Aleshire said. "Cara (Thompson) did a good job of stopping them at midfield. All the girls did a great job of keeping them away from our goal."

The Hubs put the game away midway through the second half when Brasher found the goal once again. After a corner kick by O'Boyle, Snyder got a handle on the loose ball and set Brasher up for the final score.

"I thought we did a good job of moving the ball around and getting good looks," Aleshire said. "I was pleased with how we played tonight."

Despite letting three goals get through, White played admirable in goal for Walkersville. Under consistent pressure from the Hubs, White turned in 13 saves to keep hope of a comeback alive.

"I thought Michelle did a good job considering how many shots she had to defend," Wetzel said. "She looked good in an otherwise sloppy game."

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