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One tie gets two reactions

North, Smithsburg view scoreless draw in different ways

North, Smithsburg view scoreless draw in different ways

October 14, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

SMITHSBURG -- The result was the same for the North Hagerstown and Smithsburg girls soccer teams Monday.

The post-game reactions were quite different.

"To play the No. 1 team in the county and the No. 2 team in the area, we were pleased to come away tied," said Smithsburg coach Jeff Berk. "We knew we had to play defense first and hope that we would get a shot."

The amount of shots tilted heavily in favor of North - No. 5 Smithsburg missed all four of its shots while the Hubs failed to finish their 19 attempts - but in the end, it didn't matter.

"We expected to win and we didn't," said North coach Rick Aleshire. "There was no offensive attack. We had trouble building and when you don't have Stephanie and Maria (Borland), you can't build."

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The Hubs (9-2-1) were playing without their leading scorers because Aleshire said he wanted to rest them after they played six games at a club soccer showcase last weekend. Team captain Ashley Binau also sat on the bench after playing in the showcase.

"I didn't want to be the one that put them in any harm," Aleshire said. "Maybe those other coaches don't give a (expletive), but I do."

Aleshire pointed to the missing players to explain the inability of the Hubs to crack the net. Alluka Ogle-Moore was turned away on nine attempts, the final one going off the crossbar with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second overtime.

Beth Wagner got the deflected ball, but her shot fell harmlessly into the hands of Smithsburg goalie Bethany Garnand. It was one of nine saves for the Leopards senior.

"Bethany Garnand. ... Great game," Berk said. "When you play the kind of defensive formation we played to try and negate the speed of North, it puts more pressure on you. On offense, we were playing for the breakaway."

With the Leopards defense packed in, the counterattack opportunities were few and far between. Perhaps the best chance to score came with 11 minutes left in the first half, when Lauren Donley squirted through a trio of North defenders. But her point-blank shot was somehow saved by Hubs junior Lindsay Irving.

Donley had another look at the goal after breaking into open field with 20 minutes left in the second half. Once again she beat her defender, but this time she pulled the shot wide left.

That was the last legitimate scoring chance for the Leopards (6-4-1), who welcomed the ambiguous ending.

But that sentiment was carried by only one team.

"If you want to tie, that's fine," Aleshire said. "We wanted to win."

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