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Hubs fall in 2A semis

November 09, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

GLEN BURNIE, Md. -- After 100 minutes of scoreless soccer Saturday, Eastern Tech girls posted a 3-1 advantage over North Hagerstown in penalty kicks and captured a win in the Maryland Class 2A girls soccer state semifinals.

"We played our hearts out," North coach Rick Aleshire said. "We're tired, we're upset but the team played great soccer. They represented Washington County very well."

The two teams put on quite a defensive battle.

After two 40-minute halves and two 10-minute overtime sessions, the outcome was finally decided on penalty kicks.

The two goalkeepers -- North's Lindsay Irving and Eastern Tech's Amanda Walters -- were merely spectators most of the evening, but were severely tested during the penalty-kick segment.

Kelsey Ports, Brittany Rhodes and Jamie Richardson scored the penalty kicks for Eastern Tech (14-1-1) while Alluka Ogle-Moore countered for North Hagerstown (14-3-1).

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Rhodes entered the game as the Mavericks' leading scorer with 13 goals during the 2008 campaign, while Maria Borland led the Hubs with 17 goals and 14 assists.

"We knew they were good, but we felt we could compete," Aleshire said. "We played a very tough schedule during the season and we proved we belonged in the state tournament. Our defense really stepped it up. I applaud their effort. We have nothing to be ashamed of."

Eastern Tech, which had outscored opponents 47-2 this season and recorded 14 shutouts, entered the game as the favorite but someone forgot to tell North that.

The Hubs, who defeated Winters Mill, Liberty and Century en route to the West region championship, matched Eastern Tech all evening but couldn't get the ball in the net.

The Hubs, like the Mavericks, had limited opportunities.

"I was surprised to see a scoreless tie at the end of regulation and even more surprised the game was decided on penalty kicks," Eastern Tech coach Kim Williams said. "We scouted them and we knew they could play, but we didn't know what to expect. You don't reach this level in the tournament without having some talent."

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