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Smithsburg routs Allegany

November 01, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - As kids everywhere took part in trick-or-treat Tuesday night, the Smithsburg girls soccer team celebrated the Halloween night tradition in their own way.

Junior forward Shelby Layman came through with the hat trick by scoring three goals for Smithsburg, treating the Leopards to a 6-1 win over the Allegany Campers in a Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinal game.

Smithsburg (13-3), the top seed in the region, will play host to Boonsboro in the 1A West semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. The Leopards are two wins away from their sixth straight region championship.

"I think overall it was a pretty good performance," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "I think our speed up top really caused some problems. I thought our defense did a nice job. Shelby definitely gave us a great spark on offense. She and Chelsea Hoover just caused their defense a lot of problems."

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It didn't take long for the Leopards to get on the scoreboard as Hoover scored an unassisted goal from the right side in the second minute of the match.

About 13 minutes later, Layman got an unassisted goal through the middle.

Layman got her second goal of the game on the right side in the 36th minute off an assist by senior midfielder Katie Seifarth.

Ashley Ferguson, a freshman just up from the JV team, scored off an assist by Lindsey Vega in the 39th minute to give the Leopards a 4-0 halftime lead.

Ferguson got her second goal off an assist by Layman in the second half.

"I thought Ashley had a great game for a varsity debut," Fowkes said.

Layman finished off her hat trick on an unassisted goal in the final minute of the match.

"It was cool, I guess," Layman said. "Everybody does their job and that helps me to score the goals. We have a variety of people scoring, which is nice. The defense played a great game. They really shut Allegany down at the midfield."

Detonia Degross scored an unassisted goal for the Campers, who finished their season 10-6.

"They were a much better team," Allegany coach Bob Langan said. "They outskilled us and they had more speed than us. They were a fun team to watch."

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