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Girls soccer: Wildcats, Leopards, Warriors win at county tourney

September 01, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hancock's Maddie Hixon, left, defends against Williamsport's Melissa Miller at the Washington County tournament Friday at Boonsboro.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — There was a hat trick of shutouts on the first day of the Washington County Girls Soccer Tournament on Friday night at Boonsboro High School.

In the first game, the Williamsport Wildcats beat the Hancock Panthers 10-0.

In the second game, the Smithsburg Leopards defeated the South Hagerstown Rebels 3-0.

In the third game, the Boonsboro Warriors were 2-0 winners over the Clear Spring Blazers.

The second round of the tournament will be played today at Mike Callas Stadium at North Hagerstown High School. Clear Spring will play South Hagerstown in the fifth-place game at 4 p.m. Williamsport will square off against Smithsburg in the first semifinal game at 6, and Boonsboro will face North in the second semifinal game at 8.

Williamsport built a 4-0 lead over Hancock in the first 15 minutes of the game.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard in the fourth minute when freshman midfielder Kate Wade scored on a goal from the left side on an assist from Lauren Johnson. After that, Carly Robinson made a goal through the middle on an assist from Victoria Key, and Erin Palmer followed with an unassisted goal through the middle.

Wade scored for the second time in the first half on an unassisted goal from the left side to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 4-0.

“Offensively, we have a lot of weapons and we created a lot of opportunities,” Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno said. “We still have got to finish better. Defense is going to be our key all season. We have got a lot of experience and we play smart out of the back.”

Sophomore striker Lizzy Willis scored a pair of goals during the last 10 minutes of the first half to give Williamsport a 6-0 halftime lead. Sarah Kubala assisted the first goal.

Midway through the second half, Willis got her third goal on a penalty kick as the Wildcats’ lead ballooned to 7-0.

Johnson, Sydney Hockensmith and Kubala scored the final three goals for Williamsport.

Smithsburg outshot South Hagerstown by a 22-4 margin.

Senior midfielder Elyse Koterwas got the Leopards on the scoreboard in the 13th minute when she came through with a goal through the middle on an assist from Sarah Duckworth.

Haley David scored an unassisted goal through the middle in the 20th minute to help Smithsburg take a 2-0 halftime lead.

Rachel Faust added an unassisted goal through the middle in the 47th minute for the Leopards’ final goal.

“I felt the girls played really well for their first game,” Smithsburg coach Victor Della Mea said.

“It was important for us to get the first goal. That allowed the girls to settle down. We got some timely offense tonight. That comes from keeping possession of the ball. If you keep doing that, sooner or later, some spaces will start to open up. Our defense was superb. Our entire team really played well. We controlled the pace of the game.”

Boonsboro got on the scoreboard when Michaela Grove scored on a goal assisted by Meghan Alves.

Leah Cadigan scored the Warriors’ second goal on an assist by Grove.

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