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Leopards, Hubs will meet again for county title

September 09, 2007|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - Monica Hovermale and Shelby Layman each scored a goal as Smithsburg beat the heat - and Boonsboro 2-1 - in the semifinals of the Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament on Saturday.

Smithsburg will face three-time defending county champ North Hagerstown - a 7-0 winner over South Hagerstown in Saturday's late semifinal - in a rematch of last year's championship game on Sept. 22 at South's School Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

"It was survival of the fittest when you play a game this early in the season in this type of heat," said Smithsburg assistant coach Jeff Berk, who filled in for head coach Bill Fowkes on Saturday. "Both teams held their own. Whenever we were first to the ball, we controlled it. Possession was about even today for the two teams. Our defense held tough and I am very proud of the way that they played. Our timely offense is always there. They are consistent and it is great senior leadership there."

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The Leopards (3-0) - the two-time defending Maryland Class 1A state champs - took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute when Hovermale scored from the right side on an assist by Kortney Morral.

Smithsburg extended its lead to 2-0 in the 59th minute when Layman scored from the right side on an assist by Chelsea Hoover.

"It was definitely rough playing in that kind of heat," Layman said. "We pushed through it. We have a lot of team chemistry. That helps out a lot. Our offense is very familiar with how each other plays. We know where everybody is at the different positions because of our experience together. It was a team effort. We get a lot of shots off. One of them goes in eventually."

The Warriors (1-1-1) scored their lone goal in the 66th minute when Kaite Harne scored on a penalty kick.

Smithsburg goalkeeper Kirsten Cacciola made eight saves, while Boonsboro keeper Annie Meyers had six saves.

The Leopards outshot the Warriors, 19-10.

"I expect that each time Smithsburg and Boonsboro get together, it is going to be a hard-fought battle," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "Smithsburg played well and it was hard to execute our gameplan. We plan to continue to move forward and make changes to improve as we get deeper in the season. I think the difference was that Smithsburg was able to finish the ball and we missed some opportunities."

Clear Spring (1-1) squeezed out a 1-0 victory over Williamsport (0-2) in the fifth-place game.

The Blazers' Sarah Dice scored the game's lone goal in the fifth minute on an assist from Wendy Lucas, and Elizabeth Andrews made 16 saves for the shutout.

"It was a triangle pass and someone was there running across to put it in the net," Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler said. "In this case, it was Sarah. We're just looking forward to a good season."

No further information was available on the North-South game.

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