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Freshman grows up fast as Warriors rout Eagles

September 18, 2008|By Larry Yanos

BOONSBORO - Freshman Amber Smith scored three goals and added two assists on Wednesday, sparking the Boonsboro girls soccer team to a convincing 7-0 win over Hedgesville.

"It's early in the season and I'm still learning," Smith said. "I played on two junior teams, but the game is tougher on this level, a much faster game and tough competition."

Smith, however, looked like she was comfortable with the surroundings Wednesday.

The Warriors (2-2) had numerous scoring opportunities in the first 40 minutes but only converted on one - Taylor Wennick's goal on an assist from Erin Eslick - for a 1-0 halftime lead.

After the first 10 minutes of the second half, Boonsboro's shots began to find the net.

"I was pleased with our second-half effort," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "We could have easily become frustrated after getting denied so many goals in the first half, but we stayed with our game plan and kept putting the pressure on their goalie. My key words at halftime were, 'Relax and execute,' and we did just that."

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While Lingg was happy to see a freshman score three goals, he was more delighted with the balance shown by his young squad.

"We played tougher defense in he second half and got contributions from a number of players, both offensively and defensively," Lingg said. "Four different players scored and five different players had assists. That's good team balance and we need that. We are young, we lost nine senior starters from last year's team."

Smith scored two goals in a three-minute span to give Boonsboro a 3-0 lead. That opened the floodgates - Kayla Walsh followed with two goals, Smith notched her third and Kristen Byers added one.

Lauren Hensley and Amber Smith each had two assists for Boonsboro. Wennick, Eslick and Walsh added one each. Goalkeepers Becky Smith and Sara Sheedy shared the shutout.

Hedgesville fell to 2-4.

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