Hubs blank North Carroll

November 03, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

HAGERSTOWN -- The way the North Hagerstown girls soccer team plays defense, one goal is usually good enough for the Hubs to win.

After a goal by Katelyn Goodnough in the 55th minute Tuesday night in the Maryland Class 2A West quarterfinals, North Hagerstown was good to go.

Samantha Koterwas added a goal in the 78th minute as the top-seeded Hubs defeated visiting North Carroll, 2-0.

"It was a lot of pressure," said North Hagerstown senior goalie Lindsay Irving, who had five saves for her 10th shutout of the season. "We knew North Carroll was going to be tough. We just had to keep our heads and play as a team."

The Hubs (13-1-1), the defending 2A West champs, will host fourth-seeded Poolesville, last year's 1A West champ, in a semifinal Thursday night.


"We'll be ready," Irving said.

The Hubs dominated the Panthers (9-6-1) on Monday, outshooting them 24-8. But the game remained a scoreless tie until nearly midway through the second half.

"I was confident that one of them would eventually go in," North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire said.

Goodnough was in the right place at the right time to give the Hubs the lead. After North Carroll goalie Stacey Klingler stopped a shot by Beth Wagner, Goodnough booted in the deflection.

"Their keeper had been dropping the ball a lot, so I knew I had to follow the shot," Goodnough said. "There was a defender in front of me and then also the keeper. I was amazed that it went in.

"I was so excited. I was jumping up and down. That was definitely the biggest goal of my career."

It proved to be all the Hubs would need.

"As I've said before, I think this is the best defense I've ever had," said Aleshire, who's in his 11th season at North Hagerstown.

The Hubs also defeated the Panthers 3-2 earlier this season.

"They've raised their level of play from when we saw them five weeks ago," North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald said. "They're certainly not going to surprise anybody if they end up being regional champs."

However, the Hubs might have to play without standout Kelsey Smith. The junior, who has 10 goals and four assists this season, suffered a knee injury late in the first half and was sidelined for the majority of the second half.

"I'm just hoping it's not serious," Aleshire said. "Hopefully she's fine."

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