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Hubs take stock in Baer market

October 25, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown was celebrating Senior Night, but it was a freshman who stole the show for the Hubs.

Michael Baer, a freshman striker, scored the first four goals to pace North to a 5-0 win over South Hagerstown in a MVAL Antietam soccer match at School Stadium.

"I couldn't have done it without my teammates," Baer said. "They were making some good passes to me. Freddie Kreiger did a good job of passing the ball. I didn't think that I was going to have that many. South is a big rival and everybody on North was pumped up."

Baer's outing gave a glimpse of the possiblities in North's future.

"It is the first of many good nights for Michael," said North coach Glen Singer. "He is aggressive to the goal and gets to the ball very quick."

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Baer broke the scoreless tie in the 30th minute on a shot to the left side of the goall off a plass from senior striker Kreiger.

Baer hit North's second goal in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick up the middle to give the Hubs (5-9, 4-3) a 2-0 halftime lead.

The score remain the same until the 59th minute when Baer took another assist from Kreiger for a goal in the heart of the goal. He finished his scoring in the 62nd minute off the same pass from Krieger for a score in the same part of the net.

Mark Lancaster got the Hubs' final goal off an assist by Javid Aslanov in the waning seconds of the match.

North goalkeeper Josh Borland recorded the shutout.

"I think the boys played very well as a team and passed the ball well," Singer added. "Patience allowed us some opportunities to get the goals. I think that we are playing our best soccer at this point of the season. It is a tribute to the hard work that the boys have put in."

South Hagerstown senior goalkeeper Justin Higgins had 18 saves as the Hubs outshot the Rebels (2-9-2, 1-5-2), 23-2.

North Hagerstown won the JV game 1-0.

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