Wilde Lake dominates 1st half, then Middletown slips by,1-0

November 05, 1992|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

MIDDLETOWN -- After dominating on the offensive end of the field for most of the night, fourth seed Wilde Lake (7-5-1) allowed top seed Middletown (11-1-1 ) to steal a 1-0 win in last night's 2A-1A, Region IV girls soccer semifinals.

The Frederick County school will play host to third seed Mount Hebron, which topped second seed North Hagerstown, 3-1.

The Knights' first legitimate shot on goal resulted in the game-winner, as senior midfielder Sheri Huckleberry placed a rebound off teammate Jenny Goodenough past a lunging Rachel Grey.

"We knew coming into the game that it would be a game of very few opportunities," said Knights coach John Miller. "We blew a chance to take advantage of an opportunity in the first half when we kicked the corner kick over top of the goal, so we knew going into the second half that we had to take advantage of anything we could."

The Wildecats, who outshot Middletown 12-3, set the tone from the opening whistle, holding the Knights without a shot for the first half. The hosts often packed nine players inside of the 35-yard line, often bending, but refusing to break.

Renny Trellis nearly scored 8:30 into the second period. The junior midfielder collected a crossing pass inside the 18 and managed to squeeze a shot around tough defensive marking. Middletown backup goalie Jessica Walz made a tough punch save to end the threat.

Wilde Lake's Lindsay Waxler's direct kick from 35 yards handcuffed Walz for a brief moment, but the junior goalie held on to preserve the win.

"It just seems like this team has our number," said Wildecats coach Rick Wilson. "Two years ago, we came in here and outshot them 20-9 and lost. This time we had 12 shots, and still couldn't put the ball in. It comes down to concentration, and we just didn't concentrate hard enough to win.

"I think the condition had something to do with it. The field was kind of slippery, and we're a ball-control team. It's kind of hard to control the ball with everyone sliding all over the place."

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