Hornets coach Ron Lee couldn't be more proud of Ben Stephenson and Teddy Zingman.
They were the goal scorers who helped his under-13 boys soccer squad win the State Cup title, 2-1, over the Potomac Panthers.
With three minutes left in the first half of Saturday's game against the Potomac Panthers, Zingman had assisted on Stephenson's goal to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead, then himself scored on a cross from Ben's twin brother, Matt, to break a 1-1 tie and give the Hornets a 2-1lead.
As pleased as Lee was of his offensive players, however, hewas most proud of defender Kevin Fogarty, an Oakland Mills High student, for playing heads-up ball.
"The keeper was out of position with about 20 seconds left when one of their players shot the ball at an unprotected net. If Kevin wasn't there to head it out, we would have had overtime," said Lee, whose squad lost to the Panthers in a shootout in last year's State Cup final. "We lost to them last year, but this is the third year we've won it."
The Hornets were one of six county teams to win team titles in last weekend's State Cup soccer tournament finals. Winners in the under-16, 17 and 19 age categories qualified for the July 3-7 regional tournament in Amherst, Mass.
In all, nine teams reached their championship game with one other boys team winning. In that game, Coach Dave Kelly's boys under-16 Columbia Crew got a John YanPlease see SOCCER, Page 13SOCCERContinued from Page 12cey goal in the 71st minute for a 1-0 victory over F.C. Bethesda.
Heading the list of winners on the girls side were the under-19 Columbia Crusaders, which overcame the Bethesda Peppers, 2-1, on second half goals by Thori Staples for their fifth straight state title.
Although the Crusaders dominated their game, they took a full 59 minutes to put on the finishing touches.
"We needed to work it around more on the side because we were trying to send it down too much through the middle," said midfielder Vicky Brunt. "We tried to control it more in the second half and that was a big difference."
Staplestook a feed from teammate Samantha Andersch to score her first goal at the 14-minute mark, and 11 minutes later beat the keeper with an unassisted second goal.
Coach Leo Weil's under-15 Chargers used a second-half goal by Shara Boonshaft to capture their third straight title, 1-0, over the Seneca Sensation and John Bagrosky's under-13 Spirit blanked the Glyndon Hot Legs, 3-0, for their second consecutive title.
The Chargers overcame injuries to two key players to win.
"One of our players, Tricia Witte, got sick just before the start of the game. Then our starting goalkeeper, Margot Buff, was injured after a collision in the first 10 minutes," said Weil. "It was a struggleand a psychological downer, but the team really withstood the pressure."
The Spirit defense of Allison Whitt, Julie Kickham and Maryanna Cincotta survived a scoreless first half long enough for goals by Shannon Otto, Tania Riismandel and Michelle Clare to get its offense going.
The under-11 Magic, in their first year of existence, captured their title with a 2-0 shutout of the Potomac Pythons.
Second-half goals by Brooke Hopkins and Natalie Rothmund were assisted by Kathy Gaertner and Caitlin Bair. Defenders Amanda Berman, Leslie Millerand Lucy Muzzy helped the Magic weather the storm in the scoreless first half.
"I'm really proud of this team," said Magic coach Dave Gardner. "They looked lethargic at first because it was kind of hot and the weather was really hard on them."
The under-19 Dips had a hard time absorbing a 2-1 State Cup championship loss to Bethesda United, a team they were facing in the cup final for the fourth straight year.
Coach Steve Brunett's Dips, who were trying to win their third straight title, dominated the game but fell behind 1-0 at the halfand 2-0 in the first five minutes of the second. They mustered only Hamisi Amani-Dove's goal with 15 minutes left in the game.
"We must have had about 10 corner kicks, but their defense just came throughfor them," said Brunett. "Their second goal was the result of a defensive mistake. But we couldn't get the ball past their goalie."
Two more girls teams, the under-16 Columbia Command and the under-12 Columbia Cougars, became 2-1 and 4-1 losers respectively to the PotomacCougars and the Bethesda Shockers.