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Ferguson gives Smithsburg 'D' purpose in victory

September 30, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

SMITHSBURG -- Ashley Ferguson scored two late goals Monday to lead the Smithsburg girls soccer team to a 2-0 win over Clear Spring.

The match was an MVAL Antietam defensive showdown until the junior lit the scoreboard with in the 74th minute.

She applied the finishing touches for Smithsburg (4-3, 2-0) with another goal in the final two minutes, off an assist from Marissa Luipersbeck.

"It was a big win," Ferguson said.

Smithsburg coach Jeff Berk said that while Ferguson's two goals were the deciding factor, a strong defensive effort made the difference.

"The central midfield and the defenders controlled the game," Berk said. "Our goalkeeper (Bethany Garnand) had three saves, the defense was just outstanding."

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Berk commended midfielders Danielle Berk and Lauren Donley as well as defenders Shannon Delaney, Kortney Morral, Stevey Markovich and Monica Hovermale.

No. 5 Clear Spring (4-4, 0-2) defeated No. 6 Smithsburg, 2-0, in the semifinals of the Washington County Tournament earlier this month - its first-ever win in the soccer rivalry - but things were different on Monday.

"We were more intense and focused tonight," Berk said. "This conference has so much parody, you have to come ready to play your game."

Clear Spring coach Jeff Semler was disappointed with the shutout defeat but credited goalkeeper Lindsey Trumpower with a strong effort.

"A great game, she has filled in at goalkeeper for Elizabeth Andrews the last five games and has done an excellent job," he said. "I thought we did OK tonight but they were a little quicker getting to the ball. We haven't had that many problems scoring - until tonight."

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