HAGERSTOWN —Too big. Too strong. Too fast. Too skilled.
Simply put, Urbana’s girls soccer team was too much for South Hagerstown in Wednesday’s Maryland Class 3A West quarterfinals at Mike Callas Stadium.
Six different Hawks found the back of the net as Urbana scored three times in each half and outshot the Rebels 31-2 in a 6-0 shutout.
About the only bright spot for South (3-11-1) was the play of sophomore goalie Alanna Thompson, who made 16 saves. She made Urbana (8-7) — the defending 3A West champion — earn its goals, as none of them were cheap.
“I tell you, she surprised me,” Rebels coach Abibe Niang said of Thompson. “She’s played a heck of a goal this season. She stepped up, and she’s only a sophomore. She’s still growing.”
Carryn Jurgens put Urbana on the board in the second minute, taking a low crossing pass all alone in the penalty box and calmly slotting home the goal.
Jenny Marshall’s first bid to make it 2-0 wound up bouncing off both the crossbar and the left post before staying out. Her second bid — on a 12th-minute penalty kick — found the back of the net.
The best shot of the game also was the best corner kick. From the left corner, Jenn Heflin hooked her right-footed corner kick into the top right corner of the goal for a 3-0 lead. A Rebels defender jumped at the goal line to try to keep it out, but couldn’t get high enough as the ball glanced off the top of her head before going in.
The Hawks struck three more times in the second half. Another of Heflin’s corner kicks was headed in by Ally Breitsameter in the 45th minute, Samie Abernethy ran onto a beautiful diagonal through ball and dribbled around Thompson for a goal in the 47th minute, and Madeline McArthur drilled a picture-perfect 25-yard free kick into the top left corner in the 73rd minute.
“Those are goals you can’t do anything about,” Niang said. “We did the best we could to defend the net. I’m proud of the team. They got to the second round and they’re getting better.”