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Girls Soccer Tournament -- Fields, Albert win in coaching debuts

September 05, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

CLEAR SPRING -- Jen Fields, a former standout soccer player at Glenelg High School and East Tennessee State, got her first taste of coaching Friday at the season-opening Washington County Public Schools Girls Soccer Tournament.

"It's definitely different being on the other end," said the first-year Williamsport coach. "You almost want to jump out there and play with them."

The Wildcats were just fine with Fields on the sideline, as they beat South Hagerstown 3-1 in the first of three games at Clear Spring.

In the second game, Boonsboro routed Hancock 11-0, and in the nightcap, Clear Spring was a 4-1 winner over Smithsburg.

In today's semifinals at North Hagerstown, Boonsboro will play Clear Spring at 10 a.m. and Williamsport will face North at noon. The Hubs received a first-round bye because they are the defending tourney champs. The championship game also will be played at North, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19.

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Williamsport, which outshot South 32-7, took a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute as Amber Shumaker scored on assists by Chelsea Myers and Lauren Johnson. The Wildcats made it 2-0 in the 49th minute on a goal by Lenzie Weicht, assisted by Morgan Williams. After South's Lauren Marriner connected on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute to make it a one-goal game again, Williamsport answered in the 77th minute with an unassisted goal by Myers.

"It was exciting," Fields said. "We came out with a lot of energy and took a lot of shots. We just have to work on putting the ball in the back of the net."

Julia Price had seven saves for the Wildcats, while Juliann Tribett had 19 for the Rebels.

"We learned a lot this game," South coach Scott Buhrman said. "We know where we need to improve. We're going to build on the things we did well, and we're going to correct the things we need to correct."

Boonsboro was all over Hancock in the second game. The Warriors built a 9-0 halftime lead and cruised, outshooting the Panthers 30-0.

Amber Smith, Abby Duncan, Kara Nettleton and Ashlyn Hawbaker each had two goals for Boonsboro, while Jen Sherdel, Emily Horst and Tricia Hawkins each had one. Kaylee Monniger had two assists, while Erin Eslick, Amanda Truax, Erin Scally and Duncan each had one.

Chandra Yonker had 19 saves for Hancock.

"It was a good start to the season," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "We were pleased to have the goals and assists coming from everywhere on the roster."

The nightcap featured the debuts of two first-year coaches, with Clear Spring's Brian Albert coming out on top against Smithsburg's David Jones.

"I wasn't really nervous about coaching," Albert said. "I was more nervous about having everything ready for the tourney here."

Alyssa Brandt had a goal and an assist for Clear Spring, while Miranda Kearny, Jess Dice and Bethany Bowers each had a goal and Tori Albert had 10 saves.

The Blazers, who outshot the Leopards 16-12, led 2-0 at halftime and 3-0 before Dominique Dilandro scored the lone goal for Smithsburg on an assist from Erica Hargreaves.

"It was a pretty even game," Albert said. "We just put more in the net than what they did."

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