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Blazers, Hubs advance to girls county final

September 07, 2008|By JACK HILL III

The Clear Spring Blazers and the North Hagerstown Hubs advanced to the championship game of the Washington County Public Schools Girls Soccer Tournament by winning their semifinal games on Saturday night at North Hagerstown's Mike Callas Stadium.

The Blazers knocked off the Smithsburg Leopards 2-0 in the first semifinal game, and the Hubs, the four-time defending champions, defeated the Boonsboro Warriors 3-0 in the second semifinal.

The county final will be played on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. at South Hagerstown's School Stadium.

Clear Spring senior Sarah Dice broke a scoreless tie in the 68th minute against Smithsburg (1-1), scoring on an assist from her younger sister, sophomore Jessica Dice.

"My sister was shooting and she missed it," Sarah Dice said. "I just happened to be right there to punch it into the goal."

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With less than 2 minutes remaining, Sarah Dice scored her second goal of the night -- and fourth of the tournament -- on another assist from Jessica Dice.

"We wanted to add another goal," Sarah Dice said. "My sister takes the corner kicks. She knew where I was going to be and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. We just know each other's moves."

Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Andrews recorded a shutout with seven saves for the Blazers (2-0).

"The last time that we were in the county final was clear back in 2002," Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler said. "This is a big win for our program. This is the first time that we have ever beaten Smithsburg. I'm just very proud of the way that we played together as a team."

In the second game, North (1-0) outshot Boonsboro (1-1) by a 19-6 margin.

Alluka Ogle-Moore and Stephanie Borland each had a goal and an assist, while Elizabeth Wagner added a goal for the Hubs.

North junior goalkeeper Lindsay Irving made five saves for the shutout. Boonsboro goalkeeper Becky Smith made eight saves.

"We had Stephanie and Maria (the Borland twins) in the middle controlling the attack," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "Katie Ritter and Elizabeth Wagner also have speed on the outside. Alluka Ogle-Moore is sitting on top, and she is a threat every time that she gets the ball. I was also pleased with the way my defense played and they were so well organized."

"From the first whistle, North High came out and executed their game plan," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "We failed to execute ours. North's defense played well and it was tough for us to run our offensive game plan."

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