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North girls heat up to ice S. Hagerstown

October 27, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown's girls soccer team had the best way to take the edge off an otherwise cold day.

The No. 3 Hubs came out hot with five players each scoring a goal Wednesday in a 5-0 shutout of Soutth Hagerstowng in a MVAL Antietam soccer match.

"It was a good game to get ready for the playoffs," North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire said. "The scoring was well-spread out today. Of course, it has been like that all year. We have got some girls that can put the ball in the net."

North Hagerstown (12-2, 7-1) nearly prevented South Hagerstown (0-12-1, 0-9-1) from putting a single shot on goal. The Rebels only shot came in the final two minutes of the match with goalkeeper Heather McCleaf making the save to preserve the shutout.

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"It is just another stellar performance for our defense," Aleshire said. "Our defense has been good back there all year. It is solid."

The Hubs outshot the Rebels, 36-1.

South Hagerstown coach Bruce Buhrman was impressed by North's mobility.

"North moves the ball well," Buhrman said. "They were able to beat us to the ball during much of the game. They have a good deal of ability to put the ball in the back of the net. We have played better. We played a lot of defense today. We didn't move the ball well at all."

The Rebels' only bright spot was a 21-save outing by goalkeeper Brittany Shadrach.

"She does a good job for us at goalkeeper," Buhrman said. "She makes a lot of saves."

The Hubs scored in the eighth minute when Courtney Whorton on a shot in the middle of the field on an assist by Becky Barnhart.

Christine Wason scored in the 10th minute on an unassisted goal through the middle for a 2-0 halftime lead.

The Hubs needed only two minutes in the second half to get the third goal on Tia Scott's unassisted goal from the left wing.

Kelsey Brasher scored in the 55th minute on an assist by Cara Thompson before Stephanie Borland closed the onslaught in the 60th minute on a shot from the right wing off a pass from her sister, Maria Borland.

North Hagerstown is the top seed in the Class 2A West playoffs, earning a first-round bye. The Hubs host the winner of the South Carroll-Walkersville match in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at School Stadium.

"We have got a great chance to do well in the playoffs," Aleshire said. "But right now, everybody starts back at 0-0. It is a new season."

South Hagerstown hosts Middletown today at 5 p.m. in the first-round of the 2A West playoffs at School Stadium.

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