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Hubs boys strike late to beat South

Hubs boys strike late to beat South

October 20, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

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    HAGERSTOWN -- North Hagerstown scored four goals in the first 26 minutes of the second half to pull away from rival South Hagerstown and notch a 5-1 victory in the MVAL Antietam on Tuesday night at Mike Callas Stadium.

    The Hubs (9-3, 5-0) have won seven straight since a three-game losing streak, and sent the Rebels (7-6, 3-3) to their third loss in four games.

    "After we lost those three games, we made a couple changes in positions and that's settled our defense down," said North coach Glen Singer, whose Hubs have allowed just two goals during their winning streak. "We had a lot of new faces this season, and they've played together now for a few games and have settled in and gotten familiar with each other."

    The Hubs outshot the Rebels 14-3 in the first half, yet were a little bit lucky to have a 1-0 halftime lead, based on the goal they scored and the goal South didn't.

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In the 25th minute, Max Psillas tried to cross a free kick from the right side 30 meters away from the goal. The crossing attempt hit a Rebels defender seven yards away from Psillas and deflected high and right. South keeper Will Carroll backpedaled but couldn't get back fast enough to keep the ball from sailing over him and into the goal.

"We were fortunate to get the deflection to go in, but we had a lot of other close shots that didn't," Singer said. "Sometimes luck makes up for the misses."

In the 39th minute, South's Tucker Tennant sent a cross in from the left midfield that Jordan Dickens raced under and got his head to. It beat Hubs keeper Caleb Mittel high but clanged off the top of the crossbar and over.

"We had a couple shots in the first half I thought would go in," Rebels coach Marc David said. "That header off the crossbar, I thought that was in, but it wasn't to be."

Five minutes into the second half, Frederick Owusu-Ayim made a run up the right sideline, cut back past a defender into the middle and beat Carroll with a low shot inside the near post for a 2-0 lead.

In the 53rd minute, Courtney Bully had his leg kicked out from under him while in the left side of the penalty box, giving the Hubs a penalty kick. Tyler Sterling converted inside the left post to make it 3-0.

In the 64th minute, Dino Gilmanov settled a long pass, beat a defender to get 1-on-1 with Carroll and beat the keeper to the right for a 4-0 lead. Two minutes later, Psillas curled in another free kick -- this time intentionally -- from an extreme left angle high to the far post to make it 5-0.

"We talked a little bit at half, and we knew the longer we went without scoring in the second half and let South hang around, it would be detrimental to us," Singer said. "So we really came out firing."

"I give (North) credit, they took it to us and they came out on top," David said.

Zack Smith scored in the 76th minute, pouncing on a deflection in the box, to keep the Rebels from being shut out.

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