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Ogle-Moore gives Hubs oodles more

September 08, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

CLEAR SPRING - Williamsport girls soccer coach J.R. Mellott knew he had something special in forward Alluka Ogle-Moore.

"She was a talented freshman for us last year. She was going to be a force for us," Mellott said. "Unfortunately, she moved. We miss her."

But he'll get to see her again soon as Ogle-Moore's potential is now being realized at North Hagerstown, her new school.

Ogle-Moore scored three goals in a six-minute span in the first half Thursday against South Hagerstown, leading the two-time defending Washington County champion Hubs to a 6-0 victory in the first round of the county tournament.

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"She has an explosive touch," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "She's a welcome addition, I can tell you that. It was a good welcoming ball game for her."

In the other games Thursday - all season openers - Smithsburg beat Boonsboro 4-0, and Clear Spring edged Williamsport, 2-1. On Saturday at Clear Spring, Boonsboro will play South for fifth place at 4 p.m. before the semifinals - Smithsburg vs. Clear Spring at 6 and North vs. Williamsport at 8.

The Hubs, who outshot the Rebels 43-1, also got two goals from Maria Borland, a goal from Stephanie Borland and three assists from Courtney Whorten.

"What helps (Ogle-Moore) so much is that everyone's keyed on Stephanie, Maria and Courtney," Aleshire said. "They kind of forget about her."

South goalie Brittany Shadrach might have been the busiest player on the field, tallying 23 saves.

"She may be the best goalkeeper in the area," Aleshire said.

The Smithsburg-Boonsboro match was a rematch between last year's Maryland Class 1A West finalists, won again by the defending state champion Leopards.

Smithsburg led 2-0 at halftime on goals by Mia Doyle and Chelsea Hoover. Hoover scored twice more in the second half for the hat trick, and keeper Kirsten Cacciola made eight saves for the shutout.

"Against Boonsboro, one of our biggest rivals, I wasn't expecting that," Hoover said. "We came out ready. It makes it easier to score when everyone is working together."

The Leopards return seven starters from last year's 17-1-1 team, "and a lot of people who played as reserves last year," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said.

"It was a good start. We wanted to establish something early," he said. "Each and every year, we set the goals high for the girls."

Sarah Dice scored both of Clear Spring's goals, tying the game 1-1 in the first half and giving the Blazers the lead in the second.

"It's been four years since we won in the first round, the year we went to the title game and lost to North," Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler said. "The girls played a pretty good game. It's a young team, but they stepped up. Williamsport really pressed in the last 10 minutes to try to tie the game."

Leah Mellott scored Williamsport's goal.

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