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All-County Boys Soccer 2010: Singer's Hubs remain at top of county heap

December 09, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Glen Singer is The Herald-Mail's 2010 Washington County Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.
North Hagerstown's Glen Singer is The Herald-Mail's 2010 Washington County Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

In a year in which Williamsport and Clear Spring were expected to challenge North Hagerstown for Washington County and MVAL Antietam bragging rights, the Hubs asserted their dominance.

North went 7-0-1 against county opposition this season on the way to an 11-3-2 overall record and a 6-0-1 record in the Antietam. The Hubs won Washington County Public Schools Tournament and Antietam championships for the second straight year.

North Hagerstown coach Glen Singer is The Herald-Mail’s 2010 Washington County Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

“It was a good year,” Singer said. “We were obviously very pleased with the outcome. I don’t think most people in the county expected us to do as well as we did. There were other good teams in the county that people expected to come out on top. We were young, but we knew we had some possibilities and we had to dig deep to reach our potential.”

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The Hubs shined on the defensive side of the field, where they gave up just 11 goals in 16 games — anchored by senior sweeper Max Psillas and senior goalkeeper Caleb Mittel.

“We were very organized as a team defensively, but our back line is where most of our experience was and that helped keep us together,” Singer said. “We moved Max to sweeper five games into last season after we gave up 10 goals in the first five games last year. Once we moved him back there, we allowed 19 goals in 26 games with 14 shutouts. He was a key factor in all that.”

While the defense carried the squad, North’s offense could strike from anywhere. The Hubs’ 26 goals came from 11 different players.

“We tried to move the ball around a lot and that creates opportunities for a lot of dfferent players,” Singer said. “We moved Dino (Gilmanov) outside to get him in a little more space, and he was able to create things for some other guys.”

North is 33-13-2 over the last three seasons and will try to stay on top of the county with another young squad next year.

“We’re losing a lot of senior leadership,” Singer said. “We’ll be even younger next year with only five seniors, so you never know what you’ll end up with.”

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