Leopards rebound from tough loss with win over Eagles

September 13, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's girls soccer team shook off Saturday's 1-0 loss to North Hagerstown by defeating the Hedgesville Eagles 3-1 on Monday.

"We played a tremendous game against North High on Saturday night," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "To come back on one day's rest and play well against a team with good speed like Hedgesville, it was awesome. I just think that we stayed persistent. I thought that tonight we looked a little bit tired, because this was our fourth quality game in seven days. But we dug down deep and held on."

It took a while for the Leopards (2-1-1) to get their offense going against the Eagles (2-4-1) and senior goalkeeper Alicia Hess, who made 20 saves. Smithsburg senior keeper Reilly Burrus finished with 10 saves.

"I thought Reilly just did a nice job with her positioning to block the shots," Fowkes said. "She has been playing pretty good at keeper so far."


Smithsburg took a 1-0 halftime advantage when Chelsea Hoover scored on a header on an assist by Shelby Layman in the 25th minute.

The Leopards raised their lead to 2-0 when Cara Jordan scored unassisted through the middle in the 48th minute.

Hedgesville narrowed the gap to 2-1 when Erin Breen scored on an assist by Jennifer Hoffman in the 53rd minute.

Smithsburg made it 3-1 in the closing seconds on Layman's unassisted tally.

"This was a pretty evenly-matched game," Hedgesville coach Sonny Tippett said. "Smithsburg has a good team and a lot of speed. We just came up a little bit unlucky on the offensive end."

The Leopards outshot the Eagles, 24-12.

Smithsburg won the JV game, 6-0.

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