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Loss adds jolt to Hubs' win

September 25, 2005|By DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Memo to Smithsburg's girls soccer team: North Hagerstown's thank-you note is in the mail.

The Hubs - who defeated Smithsburg in the Washington County Tournament semifinals on Sept. 10 to reach Saturday's final at School Stadium - used their loss to the Leopards on Thursday as motivation. Unfortunately for Boonsboro, that meant having to face an inspired and awfully fast North squad at its best.

Christine Wason and Courtney Whorton led the charge with two goals each, and the Hubs' front line ran wild on the Warriors' back line in a 5-2 victory that gave North its third county title in four years.

"I'd like to thank (Smithsburg) for the loss, because it did motivate us," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "We've been county champs three out of four years. I wanted to leave no doubt we're the best in the county."

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The Hubs took the lead in the 8th minute when Wason's cross from the left side curled inside the right post without being touched, and a surprised Wason celebrated with her teammates.

"Our game plan is to come in aggressive and set the tone, and the early goal by them put us back on our heels," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said.

North's speed led directly to two goals on penalty shots later in the first half, one by Whorton in the 20th minute, the other by Wason in the 29th.

"I thought our forwards were faster than their backs," Aleshire said. "I thought that coming in, and we wanted to establish that early."

A pair of stunning penalty-kick goals by the Warriors' Sarah Keyser -- one from a sharp right angle in the 45th minute, and a soaring shot from 45 yards out that skipped off the keeper's hands and into the goal in the 57th minute -- gave the Boonsboro fans something to cheer about.

However, a fluke goal credited to the Hubs' Maria Borland in the 53rd minute when clear attempt by a Boonsboro defender deflected off her and into the goal kept the Warriors from getting too close for the Hubs' comfort. Whorton's second goal, in the 66th minute, closed the scoring.

"We got a couple of unlucky bounces, and those take you out of your game and play with your head," Lingg said.

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