HAGERSTOWN —North Hagerstown’s girls soccer team earned its first MVAL Antietam victory of the season Monday night with a 1-0 win over city rival South Hagerstown at School Stadium.
North (4-7-1, 1-3-1) and South (2-9, 0-5) were locked in a scoreless draw until the 59th minute, deep into the second half.
The Hubs finally got the only goal of the game when they flipped the script, with two defenders providing the spark. Freshman Alyssa Jones found room up the middle on an assist by senior Morgan Grunberg.
“I just happened to find an opening in the net and I just put it in there,” Jones said. “I couldn’t have done it without Morgan. She made a good pass to me. When I saw the ball go in the net, I felt good. Everybody just did what they were supposed to do to help our team pull out the win.”
“We played quite well in the second half,” North coach Rick Aleshire said. “I thought that we stayed deliberate with the ball. Then we put one in. When I put Alyssa in the game, I told her to score for me. It is a big goal for her as a freshman. ... Morgan read the defense well and put a through ball to her. Morgan is a talented and intelligent player. We can put her anywhere on the field.”
Rebels freshman Alanna Thompson made 24 saves to keep South in striking distance.
“The girls played a great game tonight,” Rebels coach Abib Niang said. “Everybody gave 100 percent. I have what you call a 3-2 defense. That kept them from getting into their offense. Our goalkeeper Alanna played great.
“Five of our regular starters are hurt. Right now, we are playing a lot of freshmen. We are waiting for everybody to get healthy.”
North senior goalkeeper Emily Smith made 10 saves for the shutout. The Hubs outshot the Rebels, 25-10.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Aleshire said. “I give credit to South High. They came out ready to play. They played a solid ballgame. South has a good coaching staff. One thing that I have to give Abib Niang credit for is that he has got the girls believing in themselves. When they want to do it, they can do it.”
All of the Rebels’ players were wearing pink socks to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.