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Top-seeded Hubs lose in 2A West semifinal

November 05, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

"South Carroll might be the best team in the whole bracket," North Hagerstown girls soccer coach Rick Aleshire said before the start of the Maryland Class 2A West tournament.

He was at least half right.

Senior forward Kristen Harris scored two goals as South Carroll came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to upset the top-seeded and previously unbeaten Hubs 2-1 in the region semifinals Saturday evening at Mike Callas Stadium. The Cavaliers (11-5-1) will play second-seeded Middletown in the final.

"We were especially motivated for this game, especially at halftime," South Carroll coach Jerry Janowich said. "We were only down 1-0, and we knew coming in here that if we could keep it close that we had a shot. I don't think they were very used to playing close games, looking at their schedule."

North, the Washington County and MVAL Antietam champion, entered the game with a 16-0 record, having outscored its opponents, 102-7. The Hubs outscored each of their opponents this season by at least four goals, except for 1A West finalist Smithsburg, which they beat 3-1 and 2-0.

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"We don't play this kind of competition every night," Aleshire said after Saturday's game. "These girls down the road play it every single night. They've got to play to the pressure, and that made a big difference."

Stephanie Borland gave North a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, scoring on an assist from Courtney Whorten.

Harris tied the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute on an assist from Lindsay Schilling. She scored the game-winner on a breakaway in the 65th minute.

"We missed a kick in the middle of the field, and they took care of it and put it in the back of the net," Aleshire said of Harris' second goal. "At this point, it's the team that gets the breaks, because all the teams are pretty much even."

The Cavaliers outshot the Hubs 17-13 and held the hosts to only one shot in the final 10 minutes.

Amanda Montemore had eight saves for South Carroll, while Lindsay Irving had 11 for North.

"I'm extremely disappointed," Aleshire said. "But you have to reflect back on everything these girls accomplished this year. We were 16-0.

"You hate to lose. But, in life, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. Tonight, we lost."

The Hubs, who set a school record for victories this season, reached the region finals for the first time last season, before falling to Middletown.

"I started six sophomores and two freshmen this year," Aleshire said. "I had to rebuild my whole backfield from the goalkeeper up. I'm extremely proud of these young ladies, and we're looking for good things again next year."

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