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Borland kicked way into Hubs history

Borland kicked way into Hubs history

December 11, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

Senior forward Maria Borland insists that she's better at creating scoring opportunities than finishing them.

The North Hagerstown girls soccer record book indicates otherwise.

Borland scored a team-best 17 goals this fall to boost her career total to 52, breaking the previous record of 44 held by former teammate Courtney Whorten, a 2007 graduate of North Hagerstown.

Borland's excellence on the field has earned her The Herald-Mail's 2008 All-Washington County Girls Soccer Player of the Year honor.

"I played two years with (Whorten), so I know it's a big accomplishment," said Borland, who is also a 2008 Maryland All-State First Team forward. "I'm happy to break it because now I get to go into the North High record books forever. It took a long time."

All-time goals leader won't be the only mention of Borland in Hubs history. She also became the program's all-time leading scorer with 142 points -- she had 48 this season -- and helped North to its first region title.

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The Hubs beat Century 1-0 in the Maryland Class 2A West title game on Nov. 4.

"I'm really happy I made Player of the Year, but I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates," Borland said. "Our team really came together. Everyone was dedicated, worked and trained hard to do something no other team has done. We left it all out on the field."

Borland averaged 9.5 assists per season as a four-year varsity player for the Hubs. She had 14 assists in 2008, a career high, and ended her prep career with 38.

"I guess I'm probably better at setting things up than finishing," Borland said.

Whatever her strength, the difference in the skills is '1' and '1A.'"I don't think there's any girl that works harder than Maria Borland," said North coach Rick Aleshire. "I don't care if it's in practice or if it's in the game, she's always doing something. She led the team in assists and led the team in goals. ... She's the complete team player."

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Senior forward Maria Borland insists that she's better at creating scoring opportunities than finishing them.

The North Hagerstown girls soccer record book indicates otherwise.

Borland scored a team-best 17 goals this fall to boost her career total to 52, breaking the previous record of 44 held by former teammate Courtney Whorten, a 2007 graduate of North Hagerstown.

Borland's excellence on the field has earned her The Herald-Mail's 2008 All-Washington County Girls Soccer Player of the Year honor.

"I played two years with (Whorten), so I know it's a big accomplishment," said Borland, who is also a 2008 Maryland All-State First Team forward. "I'm happy to break it because now I get to go into the North High record books forever. It took a long time."

All-time goals leader won't be the only mention of Borland in Hubs history. She also became the program's all-time leading scorer with 142 points -- she had 48 this season -- and helped North to its first region title.

The Hubs beat Century 1-0 in the Maryland Class 2A West title game on Nov. 4.

"I'm really happy I made Player of the Year, but I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates," Borland said. "Our team really came together. Everyone was dedicated, worked and trained hard to do something no other team has done. We left it all out on the field."

Borland averaged 9.5 assists per season as a four-year varsity player for the Hubs. She had 14 assists in 2008, a career high, and ended her prep career with 38.

"I guess I'm probably better at setting things up than finishing," Borland said.

Whatever her strength, the difference in the skills is '1' and '1A.'

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