HAGERSTOWN — The game ended in a 1-1 tie Saturday night at Mike Callas Stadium, but it sure did feel like the North Hagerstown girls soccer team beat Williamsport — again.
“To them, it’s not a tie,” North coach Rick Aleshire said. “They feel like they lost.”
The Hubs were outplayed through 80 minutes of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, but they refused to lose.
“They’re not going to beat me,” Aleshire said. “That’s what it’s about.”
Williamsport, which lost 1-0 to North last weekend in the Washington County tournament final, needed only seconds to finally get on the scoreboard Saturday. A goal in the opening minute by Lauren Weicht gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the MVAL Antietam match.
From there, it was all Williamsport.
However, while the Wildcats controlled the game, they failed to extend their lead. And in the 75th minute, the Hubs’ Tia Kline made them pay for it, scoring on a 25-yard free kick to tie the match at 1.
Williamsport (4-2-1, 1-0-1) outshot North (3-3-1, 0-0-1) 19-8 in regulation and 9-2 in the 20 minutes of overtime and finished with an 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
“I’ve been around the game long enough to know your chances are few and far between, and you have to take advantage of them,” Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno said. “Unfortunately, we just weren’t able to capitalize.”
Hubs goalkeeper Emily Smith deserves a lot of the credit for that. She finished with 19 saves, several of them spectacular.
“That’s the second straight great game she’s had against us,” Salvagno said. “She’s the rock back there.”
Wildcats keeper Julia Price had eight saves, including a marvelous game-saver in double overtime on another Kline free kick.
“Our keeper kept us in the game,” Aleshire said. “But I can’t say enough about both keepers. They don’t get any better than that.”
While Aleshire said, “I’m glad we don’t play them tomorrow,” Salvagno probably wouldn’t mind another shot against the Hubs.
“We’re creating chances, and eventually those chances are going to go in for us. We just have to keep believing in what we’re doing,” Salvagno said.
“The ball’s just not bouncing for us against North High,” he added. “Dating back to last season, it’s two ties and a loss. But our time will come. I can promise you that.”
JV: Williamsport, 1-0.