Gaels earn split with Hubs in 2OT

September 18, 2005|By JACK HILL III

Collin Lam scored a goal in double overtime to lift the No. 10 St. Maria Goretti boys to a 2-1 victory over North Hagerstown as the schools split their soccer doubleheader Saturday afternoon at School Stadium.

In the first game, the No. 1 North girls cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Gaels.

Lam's game-winner was set up by a pass from Quinn Miller, who received the ball from teammate Mike Cushwa.

"I thought that the last 10-minute overtime was the best that we played all match," Goretti coach Mike Long said. "We try to work very hard on fitness. We passed the ball much better during the last 10 minutes and I thought that was the key to our success. Collin Lam was hungry. He had to stretch out. He wanted to be our star today and he was. North's defense did a great job of stopping our scoring efforts."


Both teams were locked in a scoreless tie at halftime.

Goretti (5-2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the second half when Rob Nelson scored unassisted from the right side.

North (1-3) tied the match a little more than three minutes later when Freddie Kreiger scored on an unassisted goal through the middle.

Gaels goalkeeper Kevin Brashears made nine saves. Hubs goalkeeper Josh Borland collected 15 saves.

"I think our boys played very hard," North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer said. "We created some chances. Goretti got the break at the end. We're going to continue to work hard and good things will happen to this team during this season."

n In the girls match, North (4-0) was pretty much in control the whole time.

Junior Cara Thompson not only played her typical strong game on defense, but she also scored two goals for the Hubs. Her first goal came on a direct kick from 40 yards out on the right side to give North a 3-0 halftime lead.

"I just took my time, and I knew that I wanted it to go into the far left top corner," Thompson said. "It was what I wanted to do and I actually did it."

Christine Wason, Kelsey Brasher, Hillary Grove and Courtney Whorton each had a goal for North. Grove had two assists, while Tia Scott, Allie Snyder and Wason added one each.

"There was a lot of teamwork," Thompson said. "A lot of the teams only have one or two weapons. But if you shut somebody down on our team, we still have 20 other people that can score."

The Hubs' defense prevented the Gaels from getting a single shot on goal.

"Our defense is tough when you have got Cara Thompson and Brittany Boyer sitting back there," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "They are seasoned veterans. They just anchor that defense back there. That opens our two outside backs to become more of an offensive threat. We were deliberate with the ball and we didn't rush. When the opportunity was there, we scored."

Andrea Buckner made 25 saves for Goretti (2-4-1).

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