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Ogle-Moore turns anger into region title for Hubs

November 05, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Alluka Ogle-Moore scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute as top-seeded North Hagerstown beat second-seeded Century 1-0 in the Maryland Class 2A West girls soccer final Tuesday night, giving the Hubs their first region title in program history.

Ogle-Moore also taught North coach Rick Aleshire a lesson in anger management.

"We had Alluka outside and she got fouled going in, and we didn't let her take the (direct) kick," said Aleshire of the play in the 63rd minute. "She got upset with me, and I was going to pull her out of the game because of her attitude.

"But the assistant coaches said, 'Just put her up top and she'll score because she's upset.' ... And it worked."

Ogle-Moore took a pass from Maria Borland, beat two defenders near the goal and punched it in from about 10 yards out.

"I got it, kicked it and kept working for it. The goalie came out and I just pushed it in with my left foot," Ogle-Moore said. "I was tired. I was out of breath."

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She also wasn't content with just protecting the lead down the stretch.

"I wanted to try to score another goal," she said.

But one was enough for the Hubs (14-2-1), who finally lived up to their billing after being seeded first in the region for the fourth straight year. They also got some revenge against Century (12-3-2), which beat North 2-1 in the semifinals last year on the way to the region title.

"All I can say is I'm relieved," Aleshire said. "You're the top seed for four straight years and then you bow out, and you say, 'Gee whiz, how can that happen?'

"But I still say that 2A soccer is the best in the state of Maryland. And this Century team is one of the best teams in Maryland."

The state title is the Hubs' next goal. They'll face North champ Eastern Tech in the state semifinals Saturday afternoon at North County High School in Glen Burnie. The game will begin at either noon or 2:30.

"We want to win states so bad," Ogle-Moore said.

"It's just amazing to be at this point," said North goalie Lindsay Irving, who made six saves for her ninth shutout of the year. "We're just trying to take full advantage of it."

The Hubs entered Tuesday's match with confidence, having defeated Century 3-2 in overtime earlier this season.

"I come into every game with confidence," Irving said. "It's all about believing in each other."

North finished with advantages of 13-12 in shots and 4-2 in corner kicks. But with less than 10 minutes left on the scoreboard, the game was still scoreless.

"I was afraid the whole time that we were going to go into overtime and then penalty kicks," Irving said. "But when you get the adrenaline going, you don't look too far ahead. You just take it play by play.

"That's what we've been doing the whole time, just taking it game by game."

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