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Upsets not even close to happening

September 07, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

BOONSBORO - Unlike the opening of the college football season last weekend, the underdogs never stood a chance Thursday in the first round of the Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament.

"I just told the girls I didn't want no Appalachian State-Michigan," North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire said.

North, the three-time defending county champion, took Williamsport's hope away early. Katie Ritter scored in the first minute, Alluka Ogle-Moore made it 2-0 a minute later and the Hubs rolled to a 7-0 victory.

"The girls have been working super hard," Aleshire said. "But one game doesn't make a season. You still have Boonsboro lurking and Smithsburg lurking. They, too, want the county title."

Boonsboro and Smithsburg also won convincingly Thursday. The Warriors opened the tourney with a 6-0 win over Clear Spring, and the two-time defending Maryland Class 1A state champion Leopards beat South Hagerstown 6-0 in the nightcap.

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The semifinals will be played Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m. at Boonsboro, after the fifth-place game at 4. The matchups, however, won't be determined until this morning.

The Hubs, who led 3-0 at halftime, outshot the Wildcats 23-2. Ogle-Moore and Maria Borland each had two goals, and Stephanie Borland and Carlie Colella each added one.

"The thing I like the most is what my defense did," Aleshire said. "We lost some pretty good defenders from last year. ... But I have two of the best goalkeepers in the area."

North keepers Lindsey Irving and Caroline Kreiger, who combined for 11 shutouts last year, each played a half in Thursday's shutout.

Boonsboro scored three goals in each half and outshot Clear Spring, 22-2. Kellie Reese had two goals for the Warriors, while Lauren Hensley, Katie Reese, Morgan Holmes and Kayla Walsh each scored one. Annie Meyers made one save for the shutout.

"It all came together today," said Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg, whose team blew a 2-0 lead against Hedgesville in a season-opening 2-2 tie Tuesday. "I'm real proud of them for finishing strong. They played strong from the first whistle to the last whistle.

"I told them that today was the start of the season - the start of the county season - and they stepped up. We see this tournament as an opportunity to get a great start, and we're off to one. We passed well and finished well."

Smithsburg, which opened its season with a 4-1 win over Middletown on Tuesday, jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead against South.

"Overall, it was a good team effort," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "The first half of the game, we controlled the play. In the second half, South picked up their level of play, and we were just able to manage two goals."

Shelby Layman had two goals for the Leopards, while Emily Hargreaves, Kortney Morral, Danielle Berk and Chelsea Hoover each scored one. Bethany Garnand made two saves for the shutout.

While Smithsburg's focus is clearly on defending its state crown, Fowkes said a county title would "be a little bit of a bonus."

"We just take it one game at a time," he said. "You can't even plan until you hear tomorrow (who the next opponent is). We'll just wait until then."

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