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Hubs' 'D' freezes out Winters Mill

November 04, 2005|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown girls soccer team is boldly going where no previous Hubs team has gone before - to a regional championship game.

The Hubs blanked the Winters Mill Falcons 3-0 on Thursday night at School Stadium in a Maryland Class 2A West semifinal playoff game.

Top-seeded North (14-2) will host the region final Tuesday night at 6 at School Stadium against the winner of the other semifinal between Middletown and Liberty.

"Tonight's game was a total team effort," Hubs coach Rick Aleshire said. "Everybody was focused. We had one thing on our minds tonight and that was to win. The defense played superb and they were complemented well by the offense. To hold a team to six shots like we did, that is just awesome. Everybody on the defense performed their assignments well."

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Hubs junior Heather McCleaf notched the shutout in goal.

"My defense played awesome and it is wonderful to have a shutout against Winters Mill," McCleaf said. "We knew what we had to do and we did it."

"(Heather) made a big-time save with 18 minutes left," Aleshire said. "That probably won the ballgame. That seemed to break their backs."

Hubs junior defender Cara Thompson said the entire defense rose to the occasion.

"We just call our defense the D-Unit," Thompson said. "Everybody on the defense has contributed in some way. It feels good to have a revenge win against them. We lost to them 2-1 down at their place. We knew that we had to be up to win the game. We all played well together."

North opened the scoring in the seventh minute on Lauren O'Boyle's direct kick.

The Hubs made it 2-0 in the 31st minute on Tia Scott's tally off an assist by Thompson.

North finished the scoring off in the 77th minute on Courtney Whorton's unassisted goal through the middle.

"Tia Scott and Courtney Whorton have been our 1-2 punch on offense all year," Aleshire said. "Tia hasn't scored a lot of goals, but she has that breakaway speed and you have to pay attention to her."

Leanne Hollinger made eight saves for Winters Mill (8-5-3).

"North Hagerstown has a very athletic group and they are a technical team," Winters Mill coach Bryan Shumaker said. "We were concerned with restarts and they got two goals off of that. We have a tough time playing from behind, so when it went 2-0, we knew we would have an uphill climb. We made a few chances in the second half, but they defended us well."

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