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Warriors miss their mark

November 11, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

FROSTBURG, Md. -- By Boonsboro girls soccer coach Kyle Lingg's estimation, the Warriors controlled "70 to 80 percent" of the action in Tuesday night's Maryland Class 1A West final at unbeaten Mountain Ridge.

"I was proud of the girls. They played their hearts out," Lingg said. "We just didn't put all our chances away."

The Miners scored on their first shot of both halves and claimed a 3-1 victory for the region title.

Mountain Ridge (17-0) made two offensive surges in the first 10 minutes. The second, in the ninth minute, resulted in the game's first goal. A bad Boonsboro clearance attempt went to the Miners' Janelle Walbert, who quickly fed a pass through the middle to Stephanie Fazenbaker. She turned and fired a shot to the right side past Boonsboro keeper Becky Smith for the 1-0 lead.

The Warriors (8-8-1) outshot Mountain Ridge 7-4 in the first half and had three corner kicks to none for the Miners, but couldn't find the equalizer.

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In the 10th minute, Kayla Walsh's high shot was stopped by Miners keeper Heather Shipe. In the 15th minute, Emily Horst's dangerous corner kick was punched away by Shipe and a follow shot sailed high.

In the 32nd minute, Walsh tried a chip volley in close that appeared destined for the top right corner before Shipe made another tough save. Walsh's second shot was easily handled.

"We had a couple corner kicks, and a goal would have changed the complexion of the game," Lingg said.

Smith made a pair of tough stops to keep the deficit at one goal in the first half. In the 27th minute, Kaylee DeVore broke through on the right, but Smith charged out and made a close-in save. In the 39th minute, Quincy Hegeman sent a free kick from 20 yards toward the top left corner, with Smith jumping and stretching to keep the ball out.

Five minutes into the second half, Kristin Knotts fed a perfect pass from the left side to Fazenbaker, who only had to slip the shot past Smith for a 2-0 Mountain Ridge lead.

In the 53rd minute, the Miners were awarded a free kick from the right side after a handball call that appeared to be unintentional. Hegeman sent the free kick into the box, where it went off Shyler Phillips' body and in for a 3-0 lead.

"That was an unlucky call, but you can't do anything about that, you have to take the good calls with the bad," Lingg said.

Boonsboro finally got on the board in the 62nd minute off a free kick after another handball call. Horst sent the free kick into the box, where Amber Smith headed it in to cut the lead to 3-1.

Walsh had a golden opportunity to make it 3-2 in the 66th minute, as a cross from the right side bounced to her. But she partially mishit the shot and it went wide left.

In the 77th minute, Erin Eslick got her head to Horst's corner kick, but the shot was easily saved. Two minutes later, a delay of game call on Shipe gave Horst a free kick from 16 yards, but it sailed high.

The Warriors finished with 13-10 edges in shots and a 5-0 edge in corners.

"The last couple weeks, the last month, we've come together as a team on and off the field and played our best soccer," Lingg said.

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