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Leopards make do without leader

September 09, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - With senior forward Shannon Fowkes sidelined with an injury, now is the time teams should want to face the Smithsburg girls soccer team.

Although, it's still not much of an easier task.

Thursday evening, the Leopards were just fine without Fowkes, the two-time Herald-Mail All-Area Player of the Year, as they beat Williamsport 5-1 in the middle game of the opening round of the Washington County Tournament.

"We still have people who can put the ball in the back of the net for us," said Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes, Shannon's father.

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In the first game, Boonsboro defeated South Hagerstown 8-0, and in the nightcap, defending champ North Hagerstown beat Clear Spring, 8-1.

The tournament continues Saturday at Clear Spring. South plays Clear Spring for fifth place at 4 p.m., while the semifinals are set for 6 and 8 - Smithsburg vs. North followed by Williamsport vs. Boonsboro. The championship game will be played at School Stadium on Sept. 24.

Goals by Shelby Layman and Tessa Doyle gave Smithsburg a 2-0 halftime lead. After Julie Hancock scored in the 56th minute to cut Williamsport's deficit to 2-1, Katie Seifarth stepped up for the Leopards - literally.

Seifarth scored two goals in a two-minute span on a pair of headers - the first off Cara Jordan's corner kick in the 66th minute and the second off a pass from Carly Jones in the 68th minute - to make it 4-1.

"Katie is a tall, target player for us, and she plays well in front of the net," Bill Fowkes said. "Fortunately for us, she cashed in."

Cristina Young scored Smithsburg's last goal in the final two minutes.

Fowkes said his daughter, who suffered a torn ACL in her right knee in March, should be ready to play soon.

"We're looking at maybe another two weeks," he said. "Her rehab is going great."

- Christine Wason had three goals and an assist and Kelsey Brasher had two goals and three assists to lead North past Clear Spring. Becky Barnhart, Courtney Whorten and Maria Borland each added a goal for the Hubs.

Sarah Dice scored Clear Spring's goal.

North vs. Smithsburg is Saturday's marquee match.

"That will be a great early-season matchup," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "They've got good defensive people, and we've got some good offensive power. It'll be our offense vs. their defense. But a little bit of the luster will be taken off because they don't have Shannon back yet."

- Hannah Crosby and Katie Reese each scored two goals and Danielle Daughtridge, Sarah Keyser, Jennifer Angle and Katelyn Patrey each had one as Boonsboro cruised past South.

"We moved the ball and spread the goal scoring throughout the lineup, which is good," Boonsboro first-year coach Kyle Lingg said. "Every girl is a threat."

Keepers Annie Meyers and Tory Burch combined for three saves in the shutout.

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