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Warriors fail to crack Northern Garrett 'D'

November 03, 2007|By Chris Carter

BOONSBORO - Home-field advantage for the Maryland Class 1A West girls soccer semifinal between Northern Garrett and Boonsboro on Friday night came down to a coin flip.

When the game played out, not even a pocket full of change could have helped the second-seeded Warriors.

Boonsboro held a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks, but those numbers proved meaningless as the Huskies prevailed 1-0, ending the Warriors' season.

The Warriors were held out of the goal for the second straight game - they went scoreless against Smithsburg in the quarterfinals Tuesday, but survived in a thrilling penalty-kick shootout.

"After (beating Smithsburg) we tried to get our heads together and focus on this game," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "We had plenty of opportunities, we just couldn't capitalize on them. We couldn't finish."

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The Warriors' defense held up and was in line to force extra minutes once again - and possibly another shootout - but Northern changed all that in the 61st minute.

Senior Sarah Voelkel got control of the ball at the end line up the right side and quickly crossed it to the goal. The ball cleared Boonsboro goalie Annie Meters and met the foot of a sprinting Brittany Stein, who stuck it in the back of the net to give the Huskies the lead.

The Warriors (10-5-1) tried frantically over the last 19 minutes to provide the equalizer, but each of the attempts were turned away by Northern goalie Justin Harvey. Boonsboro outset the Huskies 6-1 in the second half.

"If we would have been playing like that from the first whistle, things might have been different," Lingg said.

"I knew the longer they stayed in the game and kept it at 0-0, the harder it was going to be for us to push through and score," Lingg said.

Northern (13-2-1) settled for the third seed in the tournament after losing a coin flip at the soccer draw on Oct. 22. The seeding came down to fate because of equal winning percentages at the time of the draw.

"We lost home-field because we played our last game after the draw and that left us tied with (Boonsboro)," Northern coach John Melbourne said. "We treated this as just another road game. We've won on the road before and we could do it again."

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