County girls soccer tournament: Leopards, Hubs, 'Cats win

September 02, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — The first round of the 2011 Washington County Public Schools Girls Soccer Tournament was on Friday at Clear Spring High School and all three games were shutouts.

In the first game, the Smithsburg Leopards blanked the Hancock Panthers 5-0.

The last two games were identical 3-0 scores. The North Hagerstown Hubs blanked the South Hagerstown Rebels in the second game and then the Williamsport Wildcats shut out the Clear Spring Blazers in the third game.

Top-seeded Boonsboro had a bye, because it’s the defending tournament champion.

The second round will be played today at Mike Callas Stadium at North.

Clear Spring and South will play in the fifth-place game at 10 a.m. The two semifinal games will follow — North vs. Smithsburg at noon and Williamsport vs. Boonsboro at 2.

In the first game, senior forward Rachel Poffenberger came through with a hat trick by scoring three goals for the Leopards.

“We really played well together today,” Poffenberger said. “It really showed with our hard work. We just wanted to get the game going. So we really wanted to start early. We have really been working on our offense a lot and I am glad that we were able to show that we have really been developing a lot as a team. I’m just glad that we started our season out with a win.”

The Leopards outshot the Panthers, 58-0.

Just four minutes into the game, junior midfielder Justyna Jordan put Smithsburg on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal through the middle.

In the 14th minute, Poffenberger scored her first goal on an assist by freshman midfielder Erika Miller. Five minutes later, junior midfielder Elyse Koterwas scored an unassisted goal as the Leopards took a 3-0 halftime lead.

Poffenberger added two unassisted goals in the second half.

“It’s always good to open with a win,” Smithsburg coach Victor Della Mea said. “It will give these girls some confidence. Early leads in games allow teams to become more comfortable and settle in a little bit. Our goalkeeper and our defense played really well in closing down the space in the midfield. We’re looking forward to a positive season and re-establishing Smithsburg as a quality soccer program.”

One bright spot for Hancock was that senior goalkeeper Kelsie Munch collected 22 saves.

In the second game, the Hubs outshot the Rebels 25-7.

“For the opening game, I thought we did pretty good,” North coach Rick Aleshire said. “We still have some work to do. This is probably the youngest team that I have ever coached, as far as freshmen and sophomores go. Logann Braun and Sarah Troxell are only freshmen and they are both central midfielders. I thought that they responded quite well in their first game.”

The Hubs broke a scoreless tie in the 29th minute as Braun scored on an assist from sophomore defender Kameryn Socks.

Seven minutes later, senior defender Tia Kline scored on a free kick to give the Hubs a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the 75th minute, sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Balog scored a goal on an assist from sophomore defender Morgan Wilcox.

Rebels goalkeeper Alanna Thompson made 22 saves. Hubs senior goalkeeper Emily Smith had seven saves.

In the third game, Lizzie Willis scored all three goals for the Wildcats. Renee Barnes, Victoria Key and Laura Johnson had an assist apiece for the Wildcats. Wildcats goalkeeper Julia Price had five saves.

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