Warriors advance with shutout of Allegany

November 01, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |

HAGERSTOWN — Even though his team had just blanked Allegany 4-0 in the Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinals, Boonsboro girls soccer coach Chris Lantz clearly was disappointed as he walked off the field at North Hagerstown’s Mike Callas Stadium on Tuesday night.

He expected more from his Warriors — and seemingly for good reason.

The match was played almost entirely in Allegany territory, as Boonsboro finished with advantages of 27-3 in shots and 11-0 in corner kicks but only had four goals to show for it, including two in the closing minutes.

“We played poorly. We should have been better,” Lantz said. “We were making poor decisions around the box.

“At this point, it’s win and advance, so we’ll take it. But we have work to do before Brunswick.”

The third-seeded Warriors (10-4) will have to work quickly, as they only have a day of practice before traveling to play the second-seeded Railroaders (10-3) on Thursday for a 5 p.m. semifinal match.

“We’ve seen them, and they’ve seen us,” Lantz said of the Railroaders, whom his team beat 4-1 last week for the MVAL Antietam title. “It’s a whole new game, and we know they’re going to come out better than they were last week. We’ll just see who can execute better.”

Boonsboro still executed well enough to put away Allegany (1-12-1) — although the Warriors only led 1-0 at halftime, getting an unassisted goal by Leah Cadigan in the 15th minute.

“At halftime, the girls knew how poorly they played in the first half,” Lantz said. “We came out and played a little bit better in the second half, but nowhere near where we’ve been the last week or two.”

Tricia Hawkins gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead in the 43rd minute, scoring from 20 yards out on an assist from Ashlyn Hawbaker.

Abby Duncan scored on a corner kick in the 76th minute to make it 3-0, and Michaela Grove headed in a pass from Emily Cronise for the last goal in the final moments.

Campers keeper Rachel Wormack finished with 20 saves, while Boonsboro’s Bre Springer made two saves for her fifth shutout of the season.

“Boonsboro has a tight team. I was impressed,” Allegany coach Matt Marlowe said. “Our girls did a good job and held it together until the last little bit of the game.”

In the other 1A West semifinal, Smithsburg will travel to play top-seeded Northern Garrett on Thursday at 7 p.m.

“Northern beat us twice this season — 5-0 the first time and then 9-0,” Marlowe said. “But I think (Boonsboro) could be competitive with them, if they played. It would be a good game. They play the same style Northern plays, and both teams have a lot of good girls.”

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