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Leopards find power to nip Hubs

September 23, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - It took one surge to get another on Thursday.

After a power outage put an early end to a scoreless first half, the Smithsburg and North Hagerstown girls soccer teams became electric.

Three goals were scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half as No. 5 Smithsburg jolted top-rated North 2-1 in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

"The game had a little bit of everything from a power outage to spectacular soccer," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "I don't think either team had a power outage tonight. I thought that our defense did well under the amount of pressure that was applied to them."

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The field lights went out 30 seconds before halftime, forcing the referees to call the half early. After a 20-minute delay, play began in the second half.

Smithsburg (6-1-1, 1-0) extended its winning streak to five games while ending North's four-game winning streak.

The Leopards used a young starting lineup, featuring four sophomores, five juniors and two seniors.

Smithsburg got on the scoreboard first, 2:09 into the second half when sophomore Chelsea Hoover scored off an assist by Cara Jordan.

One minute later, North Hagerstown (4-1, 0-1) evened the score when Kelsey Brasher scored off an assist by Courtney Whorton.

The Leopards got the game-winning goal in the 49th minute when sophomore Shelby Layman rushed up the middle to score on Katie Seifarth's assist.

"I did it for the team," Layman said. "When I was near the goal, I was focusing on an imaginary scope. I was able to put the ball into the scope. Everybody played fantastic tonight. Everybody gave it their all."

Smithsburg sophomore goalkeeper Kirsten Cacciola collected 16 saves, while North Hagerstown goalkeeper Heather McCleaf made eight saves.

"I thought that Shelby Layman played a good game for Smithsburg," North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire said. "She had good hustle. It was a good matchup in the early part of the season for both teams. It's a big loss for the conference championship, but there are still plenty of games left."

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