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Aleshire's Hubs continue winning ways

Girls Soccer Coach of the Year

Girls Soccer Coach of the Year

December 10, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

North Hagerstown girls soccer coach Rick Aleshire began this fall with five new starters and some concerns about his defense. The Hubs also had targets on their backs as the five-time reigning Washington County champions.

"I'm going in a little hesitant this year," Aleshire said in August, "because each year it gets harder to stay on top because there are so many schools who want to knock you off. You can't just walk on the field thinking you've got it won, because that's when you get beat."

The Hubs only dished out more beatings this season. They finished 14-2-1, including a 7-0 mark against their county foes. They won their sixth straight county title and also captured the MVAL Antietam Conference crown and advanced to the Maryland 2A West region final.

Aleshire is The Herald-Mail's 2009 Washington County Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

"This one was special," said Aleshire of the season. "I had a different group of girls this year. I had a fun bunch. They were not like my businesslike teams in the past. It took me a while to settle into that."

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He also settled his early concerns, turning the defense into the strength of his team. Senior defender Jackie Keller was an all-state first-team selection, and senior goalkeeper Lindsay Irving set a single-season school record with 10 shutouts, while senior defender Courtney Boschert also became a star.

"We had to change our game a little bit and were a little more defensive-minded," Aleshire said. "With Lindsay Irving, Courtney Boschert and Jackie Keller as captains, we just had great leadership."

While those three players, along with all-state second-team forward Katie Ritter, won't be back next year, Aleshire said he will return for a 12th season with the Hubs.

"I'll definitely be back," he said. "But my streak might run out next year. Let me tell you, Boonsboro and Williamsport are going to be tough."

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