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Girls soccer team, coach score goals

September 13, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - With one whole year under their belts, the Hancock High School girls soccer team members and coach have high hopes for the 2007-08 school year of play.

"We now have 17 girls on the team," said Coach Karen Sornson. The team's first home game is tonight against Saint James.

The first year was tumultuous as expected. Nonetheless, the Panthers posted a 6-2-2 record which Sornson said isn't too shabby for a first effort.

"We've got three new upperclassmen players and four freshmen adding to our team this year," she said.

Although the HHS boys had a soccer team at one time, there has been no soccer at the school since the 1950s.

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She said some of her girls started playing soccer when they were as young as 5 years old.

When Sornson moved to Washington County, there was no soccer for girls at Hancock High. "My daughter, Josie, now 14, had played soccer and we were determined to see soccer here," Sornson said.

"All the other schools in Washington County had girls soccer teams," she said.

At first, the plan was for a coed team like with the youth soccer league teams for all ages but that didn't work out. Then last year, the approval came but only for a junior varsity team, Sornson said.

But that is for two years so after this school year, a varsity team will take the field.

"It's a cool thing," said Chelsea Stigile. The 15-year-old sophomore said she has always played soccer because she loves it.

Britney Mann, a 17-year-old senior, is new to soccer but not new to sports. "I did play volleyball but my father wanted me to play soccer," she said.

Last year, Britney started on the soccer team and now she's glad she did.

"I love it. I love to run," Britney said.

Sornson, who has coached on and off for years, was at Boonsboro High School for seven years when she first came to Washington County.

On their own, Sornson, the boosters and her HHS team members started the team with the help of donations from individuals and businesses. "We bought uniforms, our equipment and even the goals," she said.

There were car washes, raffles, coffee breaks and a basket bingo.

In March 2006, the Washington County Board of Education approved a gift of $8,700 to help the team at the school.

Sornson and assistant coach, Teresa Hess, are also both parents. Caty Hess is also on the team.

"We're proud of what we did," Sornson said. "There was pretty good attendance and should be more this year."

For information and to make donations, contact Sornson by e-mail at kefs05@msn.com and be sure to put the word soccer in the heading.

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