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Leopards beat Hubs in battle of young teams

October 13, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The fountain of youth was overflowing on Conservit Field at North Hagerstown’s Mike Callas Stadium on Thursday night — just as much as the pouring rain from a passing thunderstorm.

Both Smithsburg and North Hagerstown rolled out young lineups for Thursday night’s MVAL Antietam girls soccer contest. The Leopards started five freshmen, five juniors and one senior, while the Hubs started two freshmen, three sophomores, one junior and five seniors.

Smithsburg scored twice in the opening 13 minutes, then held on to defeat North, 2-1.

“It is a tale of two halves,” Leopards coach Victor Della Mea said. “We played really well in the first half. North played well in the second half. Any number of situations could have decided the game.”

A two-hour lightning delay halted play midway through the second half — moments after the Hubs (4-8-1, 1-2-1) scored their only goal with in the 62nd minute on senior striker Sharon Dominguez’s shot from the left side. When play finally resumed, Smithsburg’s defense stood tall.

“I am extremely proud of my girls for showing a lot of character by coming back from a big two-hour delay,” Della Mea said. “For a young team to come back and hold onto the lead, it was very impressive.

“We’re a very young team and we’re growing with every game. It’s nice to see them starting to play very well. We are showing a lot of promise for the rest of this season. Hopefully, we’ll continue to grow and get better.”

Smithsburg (4-4-1, 2-2-1) got on the scoreboard in the second minute when senior forward Rachel Poffenberger found the net from the left side on an assist by junior Desiree Sowers.

The Leopards scored again 11 minutes later on junior forward Justyna Jordan’s strike from the right side on an assist by senior forward Alexis Andrukat.

Freshman keeper Corinne Burk made six saves to keep the Leopards out in front.

“It’s definitely hard work that we put into it,” Burk said. “It is definitely a reflection of all of the effort by my teammates. I get support from my family, especially my Dad (Sean Burk). He has coached me for a long time in the youth organizations and he has helped me out with my skills.”

Senior goalkeeper Emily Smith made nine saves for the Hubs.

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