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Poolesville knocks Leopards off deep end

November 05, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

POOLESVILLE, Md. -- The Smithsburg girls soccer team was denied a trip to the state tournament Tuesday as Poolesville upended the Leopards 1-0 in the Maryland Class 1A West final.

Christy Wyne scored in the 47th minute to allow the Falcons to advance to the state tournament while attempting to put coach Christina Mann into the record book.

"We won the state tournament my senior year here (2002) and it would be great to win another state title as a coach," Mann said.

After a scoreless first half, Wyne connected from five yards out on the left side as the ball sailed past Smithsburg goalkeeper Bethany Garnand.

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Smithsburg (11-6-1) defeated Catoctin, Boonsboro and Mountain Ridge before taking on Poolesville (13-2).

"For a 13th seed, I thought we did a tremendous job," Smithsburg coach Jeff Berk said. "We played four straight away games against four quality opponents and we did very well. A break here or there tonight and this game could have gone either way."

Poolesville scored the game-winner when Katelyn Keese raced down the right side of the field and fired a crossing pass to Wyne on the left side. The senior knew what to do from there.

"Although we have a good offensive team, I expected a defensive battle tonight," Mann said. "Smithsburg has proven over the years that they are a tough tournament opponent."

Despite the season-ending defeat, Berk was pleased with the effort.

"We played a very difficult schedule this year and ended it with four straight away games in tournament play," he said. "I thought we did very well."

Smithsburg, winners of state titles in 2005 and 2006, had eight seniors on this year's team.

Poolesville put five shots on goal Tuesday while Smithsbvurg was limited to just two attempts.

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