North takes a pair from Goretti

September 17, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown soccer teams swept a doubleheader from host St. Maria Goretti on Saturday afternoon.

The No. 2 North girls kept their shutout streak intact, blanking the Gaels 9-0, before the No. 7 North boys pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Gaels.

The North girls (4-0) have outscored their four opponents 35-0 this season.

"I know the score doesn't reflect that, but I like the way that Goretti played defense against us," North girls coach Rick Aleshire said. "They have got the best defense that we have seen. They are not afraid to hit and bang with you."

Aleshire said the Hubs' advantage in depth and experience made a difference.

"They don't have the weapons that we have," Aleshire said. "What hurt them was that they don't have the numbers that we have. Some of our girls play year-round and it makes a difference. We have a lot of girls that have tremendous foot speed. We just moved the ball."


North outshot Goretti (0-6), 42-3.

Maria Borland scored both of her goals during the first half to help the Hubs build a 5-0 halftime lead. Borland also had two assists.

Stephanie Borland had two goals and three assists, Courtney Whorten had two goals and one assist and Tia Scott, Alluka Ogle-Moore and Katie Ritter added a goal apiece for the Hubs.

"Anytime that we play North, we know that we are in for a challenge," Goretti coach Dan Durski said. "I am pleased with my two sweepers, Amanda Durski and Clara Spicer. They gave a valiant effort. North had a super offensive attack. My girls stuck with them in the second half."

In the boys match, Ben Crampton scored on an assist by Ethan Unruh in the 15th minute to give North the lead for good.

Michael Baer added a goal on an assist by Crampton to extend the lead to 2-0 in the 28th minute for the Hubs (3-1).

Goretti (1-5) got its goal in the 34th minute when Will Lorensen scored on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 2-1.

Baer scored the Hubs' final goal on an assist by Joey House in the 52nd minute.

"Goretti played a tough game," North coach Glen Singer said. "Our team is starting to play a little bit better. We are moving the ball a little bit better. We need to know not to go 100 mph all the time.

"Our defense played well as a team. We didn't give them a whole lot of opportunities. We have a very young team that has a lot of potential. As long as we stay mentally focused, we'll be able to compete."

The Hubs outshot the Gaels, 17-11.

Despite the loss, Goretti midfielder Collin Lam said the Gaels are improving.

"Both teams had a lot of good players," Lam said. "Our team has just as much talent as them. Our team is just a little inexperienced. After this rebuilding year, we should have a pretty good team next year. I'm glad that we showed as much fire as what we did today. We came out and hustled after the ball."

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