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Leopards pour it on in 1A semis

November 13, 2005|By Dan Kauffman

STEVENSVILLE, Md. - Shannon Fowkes had two goals and an assist, Chelsea Hoover had two goals and Smithsburg's girls soccer team found the going to their liking Saturday, blitzing Colonel Richardson 6-0 in the Maryland Class 1A state semifinals at Kent Island High School.

"After the first 10 minutes we were probably even, and we started to use our speed and passing skills and started breaking them down," Leopards coach Bill Fowkes said. "We were pretty much clicking on all cylinders offensively. Shannon gave us a spark early and Chelsea in the second half was our catalyst."

Smithsburg (16-1-1), winner of 15 straight games since its only loss to North Hagerstown in the Washington County Tournament, will play either Sparrows Point or Rising Sun in the final at University of Maryland-Baltimore County later this week. The date and time are yet to be determined.

Fowkes opened Saturday's scoring 13 minutes in, taking Emily Burger's pass and breaking away from the defense for the goal. Ten minutes later, Fowkes fed Tessa Doyle for a one-timer from 18 yards out for a 2-0 halftime cushion.

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Fowkes opened the second half with her other goal off Katie Seifarth's assist two minutes after the break. Hoover followed with goals in the 59th and 66th minutes - the latter assisted by Cara Jordan - and Shelby Layman converted off a pass from Tara Bywaters in the 68th minute to cap the scoring.

Smithsburg overwhelmed Colonel Richardson, piling up a 26-3 edge in shots.

"The girls are feeling pretty confident," Fowkes said. "It's great that seniors Courtney Brown, Bywaters, Fowkes and Burger started their careers losing a heartbreaker in overtime in the state finals to Poolesville, and now get to end their careers at UMBC. Hopefully, this time they get to go out with a state championship."

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