HAGERSTOWN — The Williamsport Wildcats and the North Hagerstown Hubs advanced to the championship game of the Washington County Publc Schools girls soccer tournament with victories in their semifinal games at Mike Callas Stadium on Saturday.
After a scoreless regulation, the Wildcats outscored defending champion Boonsboro 5-4 on penalty kicks to win 1-0, while the Hubs defeated Smithsburg 2-0 in the second semifinal.
The Wildcats and Hubs will meet in the title game Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at North.
Williamsport and Boonsboro started out cold in the shootout, then both teams heated up and evened the tiebreaker at 4-4.
That’s when Williamsport midfielder Renee Barnes stepped up and made what proved to be the deciding kick.
“It was just relief, because I was freaking out,” Barnes said. “I hate shootout kicks with a passion. When I set the ball down, I just thought to myself to calm down and kick the ball through. I just wanted to kick the ball hard enough and hope that it would go through. I was just really glad to get a big win over a tough team like Boonsboro.”
Samantha Taylor, Erin Palmer, Regan Stout and Lauren Weicht also made shootout kicks for the Wildcats (2-0). Williamsport goalkeeper Julia Price made 16 saves.
“I am happy for the girls,” Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno said. “But at the same time, it is early in the season and we have a lot of work to do. Boonsboro is very well-coached. We have to remember that, because we play them again later on this year.”
Jordy Bingaman, Tricia Hawkins, Alli Hawbaker and Kortney Cunningham made shootout kicks for the Warriors (0-1). Boonsboro goalkeeper Bre Springer made 14 saves.
· North goalkeeper Emily Smith got her second straight shutout, recording 16 saves in the win over Smithsburg.
“It was definitely a difficult job,” Smith said. “I stayed focused in the game. It helped with having a good defense in front of me. I couldn’t do it without them.”
In the 14th minute, Logann Braun scored an unassisted goal for the Hubs that bounded in off the right post.
In the 28th minute, Braun assisted on Elizabeth Balog’s insurance goal.
“This will be our eighth straight year in the county title game,” North Hagerstown coach Rick Aleshire said. “We put ourselves in position to dance. Now, we are going to see if we can waltz.”
Smithsburg coach Victor Della Mea said both teams had a competitive battle.
“This really shows the great job that the youth organizations and the area clubs are doing in producing quality players,” Della Mea said.
· In the fifth place game, Clear Spring earned a 3-1 win over South Hagerstown.
Goalkeeper Victoria Albert made 18 saves for the Blazers (1-1). Alexandra Albert had a goal and an assist, while Miranda Kearney and Jessica Barnhart had a goal each for the Blazers.
Goalkeeper Alanna Thompson had 12 saves for the Rebels (0-2), while Tori Mills scored their only goal.