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Boonsboro girls beat Fort Hill, reach first region final

November 05, 2005|By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - For the first time in a while, Danielle Daughtridge was feeling no pain.

She left that distinction to the Fort Hill girls soccer team.

Daughtridge scored a pair of goals off a pair of strong moves in her first start in seven games after battling the effects of sore shins Friday to help lift Boonsboro to its first Class 1A West region final with a 4-1 victory over the Sentinels.

Daughtridge scored the first and last goals for the Warriors (10-5) on individual efforts that did not give any indication of gimpy legs.

"I was just excited," Daughtridge said. "I've been injured and it was pretty much adrenaline. I wasn't feeling any pain."

The addition of Daughtridge to the Boonsboro lineup adds options to the offense, ones that the Warriors will need come Tuesday when they travel to Smithsburg for the region final.

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"(Daughtridge) makes a lot happen up front," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "She can make passes to our other scorers or she can take it herself. It was her first start in a while. Before the game, I told her tonight was her night and she wigged out."

Boonsboro took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute with a little fancy footwork by Daughtridge. She cross-dribbled and fired to the open left side of the goal from behind the 18-yard box.

"It was something we practice a lot," Daughtridge said. "It was a little instinct."

Fort Hill countered almost immediately, though, with one of its few chances of the game. Brittany Brown stole the ball at the top of the box and found the left side of the goal in the 14th minute to make it 1-1.

From there, Boonsboro sealed off Fort Hill. The Warriors' front-line pressure kept the ball in the offensive half of the field virtually the entire game.

"We came out hard and fired up because we were at home," Lingg said. "We put a lot of pressure on them up front with our formation. We saw what they were trying to do and changed the formation. We did a lot of short passing and stuck to the game plan."

Hannah Crosby gave Boonsboro a 2-1 halftime lead when she found herself open to the left of the goal at 12 yards out. The sophomore took the open shot that Fort Hill keeper Rebecca Zajdel smothered, but the ball squirted out from underneath her and into the goal in the final two minutes of the half.

Despite Boonsboro's dominant play, the Warriors still only had a one-goal lead at the half.

"At halftime, we still weren't getting as much pressure on them as we wanted." Lingg said. "I told them that we wanted to keep the pressure up. We suffocated them."

The Warriors put a quick end to the game with two early goals in the second half. Sarah Keyser made it 3-1 by beating the Fort Hill congestion in front of the goal off a corner kick in the 49th minute. Daughtridge scored her other goal with a charge down the right sideline and a move along the goal line for a point-blank score in the 58th minute.

It sets the stage for Boonsboro's highly anticipated run at Smithsburg, considered an odds-on favorite to reach the state 1A final four.

"The goal for us is to make it to states," Lingg said. "We are one game away. We are going in as underdogs, but we will be planning to come out and use all our weapons."

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