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Hubs break in home field

November 01, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

North Hagerstown's undefeated girls soccer team played in a different kind of school stadium Tuesday night - their own.

Maria Borland scored four goals and Courtney Whorten added two to become the Hubs' all-time leader as North Hagerstown defeated Northwood 9-0 at Mike Callas Stadium in the Maryland Class 2A West quarterfinals.

"It's just great to play in the new stadium, and it's good that the seniors get a chance to play here and that the people pulled together to give this opportunity to these kids," Hubs coach Rick Aleshire said. "There's a million people I'd like to thank for supporting this. ... It's always nice getting the first win in your new stadium."

North Hagerstown's boys soccer team was the first to play a game on the artificial Conservit Field turf at Callas Stadium, getting the notice just hours before Friday's 2-1 loss to Walkersville. The stadium is not quite finished - only a couple sections of bleachers were available for use Tuesday - but it already feels like home.

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"Just being in the playoffs is pretty good," Borland said. "Being able to play on a better field is even better."

Borland opened the scoring in the 10th minute by beating four defenders on the dribble before sending a shot off the keeper's hands and into the left side of the net.

"I wanted to put one away early to set the tone," Borland said.

Whorten scored one minute later to tie the all-time record of 43 goals held by Christy Wentz. Whorten added another goal in the 52nd minute off the rebound of Cara Thompson's shot to pass Wentz.

"I think we played pretty well," Whorten said. "The turf is a lot faster. We have to make sure we have the right pace on our passes."

Maria Borland scored her second goal and Stephanie Borland notched her only score later in the first half. Maria Borland found the net twice more in the second half, and Tia Scott and Lauren Ryder added goals for the Hubs (16-0), who outshot Northwood (1-11), 44-1.

The Hubs will host South Carroll on Saturday in the 2A West semifinals.

"It's going to get tough starting right now, that's what I told the girls," Aleshire said.

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