Soccer* Under-15 1/2 girls -- The Columbia Cougars won...


October 14, 1993|By Rich Scherr


* Under-15 1/2 girls -- The Columbia Cougars won four games before losing in the semifinals of last weekend's 1993 Washington Area Girls Soccer League Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament in Fort Belvoir, Va.

In that game, a 2-1 loss to the Medford Strikers, the Cougars rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a goal by Paige Young off Angie Jefferson's cross, and continued to pressure their opponent's goal until time expired.

Up to that point in the tournament, however, it was all Cougars.

The team began with a 2-1 victory over the Reston Wildfires. Carolyn Flowers scored off Lee Custer's corner kick and Young finished the Columbia scoring off a pass from Custer.

The Cougars then beat Cobb Union (Ga.), 2-0, with Flowers scoring off an assist by Amy Richter and Kate Macfarlane scoring off a pass from Michele Osterberger.

Their next victim was the Annandale Flame. Marissa Catalano's goal off a corner kick by Carrie Winkler was the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.

In the quarterfinals, the Cougars topped Valley Stream (N.Y.), 1-0, on a goal by Osterberger on a free kick from 30 yards out.

The Cougars had strong play throughout the tournament from Emily Bielefeld, Monica Dodd and Angela Trancucci.

* 10-11 girls -- The Centennial Blasters defeated the Pumas, 2-1, over the weekend, improving their record to 4-0 in the Soccer Association of Columbia A League.

After the Pumas' Kelsey Cronin put her team ahead, 1-0, the Blasters answered with a goal from Maggie Via assisted by Talia Morrison. Centennial's Tricia Guarneri then notched the game-winner off of a corner kick from Shelly Sinclair.

Tara Molesky, Jenny Zonarich and Laura Chwirut contributed with solid play on offense for the Blasters, and Talia Morrison, Cindy Briggs and Megan Houck were strong on defense.

For the Pumas, Ashley Hudak had a strong game in goal, and Laura Barry and Heather Crouse led the defense.

* Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Fury advanced to the finals of the 1993 Washington Area Girls Soccer League Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament last weekend before falling to the Greensboro (N.C.) Twisters, 2-0, in the finals.

The Fury opened the tournament on Saturday with a 5-0 win over the Severna Park Hotfeet. Nicole Roy-Harrison scored three goals, with Emily Knapp and Katie Nelson adding single goals.

Later in the day the Columbia team continued its dominance with a 3-0 win over the Vienna Victory. Roy-Harrison, Nelson and Jessica Coulson scored.

The team then defeated the Virginia Beach FC, 2-0, on Sunday, on two goals by Molly Sunderdick. In the quarterfinals, also on Sunday, the team edged the Vista Magic, 3-2, on goals by Ashley Evans, Roy-Harrison and Sheena Alavi.

The Fury then recorded its fourth shutout of the weekend in the semifinal round, defeating the PWSI Flames, 3-0. Sunderdick, Evans and Zhonia Bulawka scored for the victors.

* Under-13 boys -- The Columbia Blaze competed in the annual Parsippany (N.J.) Pride Invitational Tournament last weekend, finishing second in their division even though only 13 team members were able to attend.

The tournament began on a sour note for the Blaze. After dominating the Long Valley (N.J.) Strikers for most of the way, they had to settle for a scoreless tie. The Blaze then dug a deeper hole with a 1-0 loss to the Mount Olive Arsenal, after the Arsenal took the lead late in the game.

The Blaze's offense finally came alive in their third game, a 6-2 win over the Ramapo Wildcats. Danny Dworkin, assisted by Kenny Roberts, opened the scoring frenzy early in the first half, and Mike Martin followed soon after with another goal, tapping in Dworkin's shot that bounced off the post.

After the Wildcats tied the game at 2-2, goals by Patrick Thomas, assisted by Jeff Ebaugh, and Ebaugh, assisted by T. J. Clay, gave the Blaze a 4-2 lead. Danny Liparini, from McKinley, and Ebaugh, from Liparini, finished off the scoring in the second half.

In their final game, the Blaze got a goal from Liparini, off a pass from Chris Hemerlien, to defeat the Bethlehem Steel Power, 1-0. Columbia's Andy Hekimian, Terrell Gary, Robby Falk and Matt Wallace, in goal, played solidly on defense, shutting down the Power's attack.

* Under-14 girls -- The Soccer Association of Columbia Heracanes won one and lost two last weekend in the "B" Flight of the 1993 Washington Area Girls Soccer League Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament.

The team defeated the Midlothian (Va.) Blast and lost to the Fairfax (Va.) Storm and the Beechmont (Ohio) Explosion.

The Heracanes opened tournament play Saturday with a 3-0 loss to the Storm. Cynthia Maxfield, Courtney Graham, Kristen Arnold and Rachael Sanford played well in defeat.

Later that day, however, the Columbia team picked up its only win, a 4-1 triumph over the Blast. Graham, Jessica Shamoo, Anna Goldstein and Andrea Donovan each scored a goal, while Donovan, Goldstein and Amanda Wagener chipped in with assists.

Jessica Grether, Kate Hubschman, Natalia Policelli and Kristin Mutolo also played well for the victors.

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