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South girls pick up first win

October 13, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

It was a long night, but it ended with a "ment"-y fresh feeling for the South Hagerstown girls soccer team.

Jessica Englehart got some atonement. South coach Scott Buhrman got some alignment. And the Rebels got a little enjoyment. Meanwhile, for Hancock, it was another dose of disappointment.

Englehart connected on a wide open shot in the seventh minute of overtime on Monday to give South Hagerstown a refreshing 1-0 victory at School Stadium for the Rebels' first win of the season.

Pandemonium erupted as Englehart popped in her shot from five yards out, just after the Rebels were able to maneuver Hancock goalkeeper Chandra Younker out of position with a crossing pass.

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"I didn't think I would get another chance," said Englehart, who was one of five players honored during Senior Night. "I had an open shot in the first half. I didn't think I would get a second one."

Her second chance finally came in the 87th minute of a game that was highlighted by a minimum number of chances and great goaltending by Younker for the Panthers (2-6-1), while the Rebels had the majority of shots, although many of them missed the target.

All except the one that counted.

"When goals happen, everything lines up," said Buhrman. "The players are in the right places, the pass is there and the foot is there."

Both teams spent the evening looking for a measure of control.

South owned the first half with most of the pressure, but without results on its 21 shots.

Hancock found some offense to start the second half, but had problems finding any clean shots. Younker kept the Panthers in the game with 14 saves.

"That's been our problem most of the season. We had a bad week of losses and they were a little afraid to come back, but they melded together as a team," said Hancock coach Karen Sornson, "We were missing two of our key players, but I'm proud of the way we played."

But in the end, having more was just enough for the Rebels.

"I congratulate Hancock for giving us a great game," Buhrman said. "We got a lot of penetration, but scoring is the name of the game. In this win, the biggest credit goes to the girls. A majority of them played the full 80 minutes and then stayed on for the overtime.

"Jess gets a lot of credit, too. If you deal with frustration and persevere, everything works out in the end. We are teaching a sport here, but we are also teaching about life, too."

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