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Semifinals are unkind to North, Boonsboro

Hubs thwarted again in 2A West playoffs

Hubs thwarted again in 2A West playoffs

November 03, 2007|By Larry Yanos

It was one of those Knights for the North Hagerstown girls soccer team Friday.

After eliminating the Middletown Knights from postseason play earlier in the week, the Hubs had problems with the Century Knights at Mike Callas Stadium and dropped a 2-1 decision in the semifinals of the Maryland Class 2A West playoffs.

Junior forward Katie Schwarzmann scored the game-winning goal with less than 20 minutes remaining. It snapped a 1-1 tie and sent Century (11-4) through to the final.

The disappointed Hubs (14-3) dropped a regional semifinal match for the second straight year.

Ironically, North lost to Middletown during the regular season and defeated Century. The roles were reversed in the playoffs.

"I really thought we could win after we tied matters at halftime," Hubs coach Rick Aleshire said. "We just weren't in sync. We were aggressive at times, not so aggressive at others. I still salute the team for a great season. It's just a tough way to end things."

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Century freshman Sabrina Buteau and North junior Alluka Olge-Moore matched goals in the first half before Schwarzmann settled the issue.

The teams were battling for possession on the left side of the field and the ball came to Schwarzmann in the middle. She sent a rocket past Hubs goalkeeper Lindsey Irving from 15 yards out.

"I was in perfect position," Schwarzmann said. "This was a big win for us. They had beaten us before and we were also playing on the road. We figured it would be close."

Century coach Sara Figuly was delighted with the triumph.

"It's always tough winning on the road, especially against a quality team like North," Figuly said. "Although we lost to them during the regular season, we came here with a lot of confidence. We were all expecting a close game. We have won four in a row now."

Aleshire also expected a close contest.

"When you get into the playoffs, it's a one-game shootout," Aleshire said. "We're a young team and we had a great year. We put some pressure on their goalie in the second half but couldn't score. My hat's off to Century. They're good, they're very good."

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