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Turano's tally gives South girls first win

September 29, 2010|By ANDREW MASON

Lexi Turano's goal in the 17th minute against visiting Smithsburg on Tuesday night was reason enough for celebration for the South Hagerstown girls soccer team.

"Scoring any goal is a big deal to us," the South senior forward said.

But this goal, just the Rebels' second of the year, gave them their first lead of the season in the first half of their sixth game.

The "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang, however, was saved for after the game, and it blared over the loudspeakers at School Stadium.

Turano's goal, which was assisted by Shawnie Shawyer, proved to be the difference as South prevailed 1-0 for not only its first win of the season, but its first win under first-year coach Abib Niang -- and its first win over Smithsburg in a decade.

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"It's awesome. The girls played their hearts out," Niang said. "Defense, midfield, forwards -- they all put it all out on the field tonight. I'm just so proud of them, especially our goalie. God knows how many saves she had."

Their goalie, Katrice Dickson, one of eight freshmen on the Rebels' varsity roster, was at her best in the second half, recording seven of her 11 saves to complete the shutout.

The Leopards outshot the Rebels 18-3, including an 11-0 advantage in the second half.

"Congrats to South. They played a great game and worked extremely hard," said first-year Smithsburg coach Victor Della Mea, whose team fell to 1-5-1 (0-1-1 MVAL Antietam). "We had the shot advantage, but it's how many goals go in."

The Leopards appeared to tie the game in the 49th minute when a shot by Elyse Koterwas found the back of the net. But an offside call disallowed the goal.

"If that goal goes in, it's a different game. The floodgates open," Della Mea said. "But South held resolute."

The Rebels (1-5, 1-1), who have never had a winning season, last beat the Leopards in 2000, a 3-1 victory at School Stadium.

Since then, Smithsburg has won three Maryland Class 1A state titles, while South has done a lot more losing than winning.

It's a culture Niang hopes to change at South, and it all started Tuesday night.

"I couldn't wait to get this one down," Niang said. "The girls desperately needed that one win. Now we can look forward."

"We're excited. We're just so happy to win," Turano said. "We've wanted this for a while."

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