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Hubs reign over Rebels in the rain

October 12, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Not even a light rain could dampen the day for the North Hagerstown soccer team.

The host Hubs showed South Hagerstown with timely goals and provided some thunder with an effective defense for a 4-0 victory over the Rebels on Wednesday in a MVAL Antietam boys soccer game.

"I think that we're starting to play better as a unit," North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer said. "We are starting to rely on each other a little bit better, instead of each person trying to do it on their own."

The defenses ruled through the first 26 scoreless minutes of the match.

Junior midfielder Joe Dumpe put North (7-5, 3-3) on the scoreboard in the 27th minute on a goal from the right side off passes by Michael Baer and Derek Smith.

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Baer scored his first of two goals, moving through the middle off an assist by striker Michael Smith in the 32nd minute to give North a 2-0 lead.

"Once we got them spread out, we created some space on the field to create some opportunities," Singer said. "We're starting to distribute the ball around. We're starting to give a lot of different people chances to score."

Baer scored his second goal in the 44th minute from the left side off an assist by midfielder Joey House to increase North's advantage to 3-0.

North finished the scoring in the final minute as House scored on a straight-on shot off an assist by midfielder Matt Unger.

"We didn't come out to play," South coach Jim Mills said. "We didn't show up. Their sweeper in the midfield, Ethan Unruh, was very fast. We just couldn't control the ball in the midfield. They were able to control the ball around our midfield. When we had the ball, we didn't connect on our passes."

North outshot South (2-8, 1-3), 17-4.

"I think that we're going to find out what this team is made of in the next couple of weeks," Singer said. "We have a few tough games coming up against Middletown, Winters Mill and Williamsport. It will be a good barometer of where our team is."

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