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Hubs seniors class of county

October 21, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

BOONSBORO - Monday's impressive 5-0 victory over Boonsboro had special significance for North Hagerstown girls soccer coach Rick Aleshire.

"It's the fourth straight season we have gone undefeated against Washington County opponents" Aleshire said. "That's quite a tribute to our senior class."

One of those seniors - Maria Borland - scored two goals as No. 2 North (11-2-1) displayed a balanced offensive attack, an aggressive defense and another superb outing from goalkeeper Lindsay Irving to keep No. 3 Boonsboro (8-6) in check.

"I was very happy with the overall effort," Aleshire said. "We moved the ball on offense, contained them defensively and just did a nice job. We wanted to put pressure on them early and we did just that. And the defense worked in unison."

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North junior Katie Ritter set the tone with a goal in the opening minute of play and added another with a long 30-yard shot from the right side of the field later in the half.

In between those two goals, Borland scored from the left side to give North a 3-0 halftime advantage.

"Opponents sometimes forget about Katie, but she's a good athlete," Aleshire said. "We have some scorers, but Katie has contriubuted all season."

The Borland twins - Maria and Stephanie - tacked on second-half goals to complete the scoring.

The five goals was more than enough support for Irving, who has only allowed eight goals this season.

"They are an excellent team, they are fast and they controlled the game," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "We got off to a poor start, but I was pleased with our hustle in the second half. I thought we stepped things up and played better."

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