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Warriors to face 6-shooter Hubs in county final

September 05, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

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Five-time defending champion North Hagerstown and Boonsboro earned dominating vicories in the semifinals of the Washington County Public Schools Girls Soccer Tournament on Saturday at Mike Callas Stadium.

The Warriors finished off Clear Spring with three goals in the final 15 minutes for a 5-1 victory in the first semifinal. The Hubs scored two goals in each half of a 4-0 shutout against Williamsport.

North Hagerstown and Boonsboro will play for the title at Callas Stadium on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Erin Eslick's through ball to Amber Smith in the ninth minute led to the Warriors' first goal. Smith's shot from the right hit the left post, and Blazers keeper Tori Albert barely had time to get her hands up before the ball bounced off them and into the goal.

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Boonsboro made it 2-0 two minutes into the second half. A corner kick eventually worked its way to Emily Horst at the top of the penalty box, and her shot found the top left corner.

The Warriors failed to connect on a pair of breakaway chances later in the half, and Clear Spring cut the lead to 2-1 in the 65th minute on a bad-bounce handball in the penalty box on a corner kick that led to a penalty kick. Amanda Paylor buried the shot in the right side of the goal.

That lit the Warriors' fire, and they put the tired Blazers away. Kayla Walsh found Jen Sherdel for a breakaway goal in the 66th minute, Eslick crossed to Ashlyn Hawbaker for a score in the 75th minute, and Amy Moore found Abby Duncan for the final goal in the 78th minute.

"After they scored, we knew we needed to extend the lead back out again, and we answered," Boonsboro coach Kyle Lingg said. "Right after a team scores is when they're the most vulnerable."

Boonsboro outshot Clear Spring, 24-7.

"We played a whole 80 minutes last night, and I don't think Boonsboro had to work as hard as we did to win last night," Blazers coach Brian Albert said. "It's tough to do two 80-minute games in two days, and fatigue set in."

Katie Ritter put the Hubs on the scoreboard in the 12th minute with the first of her two goals, a volley of a bouncing ball from 25 yards that beat Williamsport keeper Julia Price to the top right. Ritter added a penalty kick goal in the 35th minute after Sam Koterwas was taken down in the penalty box.

The Wildcats had a couple good opportunities early in the second half, but eventually the Hubs put the game away. Kelsey Smith's free kick from 22 yards in the 50th minute knuckled severely and squeezed under Price for a 3-0 lead, before Katelyn Goodnough's shot from 15 yards out in the 70th minute deflected off a defender and into the left side of the goal.

"We still have some work to do, but I'm proud of what they did today," Hubs coach Rick Aleshire said. "We don't have the experience we had last year, we have to build a little bit, but I like the way they performed."

North outshot Williamsport, 28-7.

"We stepped it up in the second half," Wildcats coach Jen Fields said. "We just need to work on details and use this game as a stepping stone. We're a young team, we'll learn from it and I know we're better than the score indicates."

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