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Night belongs to Leopards

Smithsburg girls improve to 4-0 in MVAL Antietam

Smithsburg girls improve to 4-0 in MVAL Antietam

October 06, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - No matter what the weather conditions are, the Smithsburg girls soccer team is conditioned for victory.

No. 2 Smithsburg shined under a heavy rain Thursday night and scored three goals in the first nine minutes of the second half to storm No. 7 Williamsport 5-0 in MVAL Antietam action.

"It doesn't matter what it's like. It could be raining or it could be 28 degrees outside. As long as there's no lightning, we're going to be practicing," Leopards coach Bill Fowkes said. "There are even times when we're out there after the football and boys soccer teams have gone inside."

That dedication under helped Smithsburg (7-1, 4-0) to stay undefeated in the conference.

Katie Seifarth scored two goals in the downpour, both of which she never expected to reach the net.

Seifarth sent a shot from beyond 30 yards toward the goal in the 32nd minute. Williamsport goalie Alexis Bryan lost her footing in the box and the ball bounced through to the left corner of the goal to give Smithsburg a 2-0 lead.

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In the 49th minute, Seifarth shot from the left side through traffic. Bryan managed to get a hand on the ball, but it still trickled into the net, upping the Leopards lead to 5-0.

"I didn't even see the first one because I slid after I kicked it. I was stoked because I really didn't expect it to go in," Seifarth said. "The second one was just one of those that just rolled and rolled after (Bryan) tipped it."

Rachel Wolf scored the Leopards' first goal in the 14th minute. Wolf took a pass from Mia Doyle inside the box and pushed it to the right of Bryan, who was set up to defend a shot by Doyle.

Just over a minute into the second half, Chelsea Hoover put Smithsburg ahead, 3-0. Seifarth sent a pass toward the goal that deflected off a Wildcats defender and rolled to the foot of Hoover, who made the most of the one-on-one opportunity.

Five minutes later, Doyle cleaned up a shot off the crossbar and easily booted it to the net.

"We talked at halftime about going right out and attacking them," Fowkes said. "We didn't want to let them get any confidence going."

Confidence was hard to come by all night for Williamsport (3-4, 2-1). The Wildcats struggled to create clean shots on goal and even when they had decent looks at Smithsburg goalie Kirsten Cacciola, they couldn't capitalize.

"Our biggest thing was passing," said Wildcats coach J.R. Mellott. "Then we got deflated in the second half. We thought we made good adjustments, but we couldn't get it going."

Under heavy pressure in goal from the Leopards, Bryan came up with 13 saves.

JV: Smithsburg, 1-0.

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