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Girls Soccer: Fired-up Rebels strike for first win

October 04, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Amanda Harrast tries to score past St. Maria Goretti goalkeeper Megan Rock in the first half Thursday night. The shot was unsuccessful.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown kicked off its Homecoming weekend festivities with a bonfire Thursday night.

Before the bonfire got under way, the Rebels’ girls soccer team added more reason to celebrate by earning its first win of the season with a 3-0 shutout against St. Maria Goretti.

“It was a very important game for us,” South coach Abib Niang said. “It was our first win this season, and it helps boost our morale for the rest of the season.”

South and Goretti played to a 0-0 stalemate after the first 40 minutes of play, but the Rebels wasted little time breaking the tie in second half.

Kayle Farrow scored her first of two goals for the Rebels (1-7) in the 44th minute to snatch a 1-0 lead.

About 10 minutes later, Farrow netted another goal, pushing South’s lead to 2-0.

“(The girls) stepped up in the second half and played more aggressive,” Niang stated. “(Farrow) fired up the rest of the team with her aggressiveness.”

“We played a solid first half, but South came out very aggressive in the second half,” Goretti coach Mark Barone said. “We kept losing those 50/50 chances.”

South’s Katrice Dickson iced the game for the Rebels in the 71st minute when her score gave them a three-goal lead.

“Goretti played us well and both teams worked really hard tonight,” Niang said.

The Gaels (2-8-3) didn’t come out with the same intensity they did in the first half and Barone was forced to make some personnel changes.

“I moved some players around because of some injuries, and we had people playing of of position,” Barone said. “They handled it well. We worked hard, but didn’t get the outcome we wanted.”

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