Soccer * Under-13 boys -- It mattered little that the Columbia Select got off only half as many shots as its opponents on Saturday.
What counted was a 4-1 win over Bethesda, advancing the Select to the Maryland State Cup Finals and knocking the defending champion Cobras out of the tournament.
Despite being outshot, 14-7, the Columbia team struck early and often. Sam Lipscomb scored the first of his three goals early in the first half to give the Select a 1-0 lead at the break.
Lipscomb then struck for two more goals, and T.J. Peterson added a third, as the Select pulled away in the second half.
Sweeper Kevin Hobbs, stopper Ryan Dear, fullbacks Aaron Brown and Matt Midura and goalie Mike Dramby led a defense that kept the Cobras' attack quiet for most of the game.
* Under-14 boys -- FC Columbia edged Bowie United, 2-1, Sunday at Howard Community College. Billy Allen and Eric Folkemer provided the scoring. Stuart Kessler had an assist.
On Saturday, FC Columbia lost, 2-0, to the Arundel Top Guns at Arundel. Matt Shapiro and goalkeeper Dave Kellogg played well at the defensive end.
A SAC under-14 travel team, FC Columbia now has a record of 2-4-2 in Division II of the National Capital Soccer League.
* Under-11 girls -- The Columbia Condors were blanked by the Severna Park Hotfeet, 3-0, over the weekend.
Courtney McDonald and Lee McDuff played well for the Condors, which remained in a scoreless tie with their opponents until late in the first half.
* 10-11 girls -- The Centennial Blasters improved to 5-0-1 with wins over the Clarksville Strikers and Kings Contrivance over the weekend.
In the 3-1 win over Clarksville on Friday, Hope Zelinger, Tara Molesky and Maggie Via scored and got plenty of offensive support from Caitlin Curran, Jenny Zonarich, Ali Woods and Tricia Guarneri. Cindy Briggs and Kathleen Ryan led the defense.
Christie Krugger scored for the Strikers while Rashida Walcott played well in goal and Jodie Renfro contributed solid defense.
On Saturday, the team came back with a 7-2 win over Kings
Via had a hat trick to lead the offense. Also scoring for the victors were Zelinger (two), Heather Johnson and Megan Houck. Also playing well were Laura Chwirut, Shelly Sinclair and Talie Morrison.
Lydia Bongiorni and Andrea Feldstein scored for Kings Contrivance, while Alexis Oeting and Katherine Vaughn also
* Under-9 boys -- The Western Howard County Thunder scored first but came up short in a 2-1 playoff loss to the Severna Park Raven over the weekend.
Bradley Costantino scored the Thunder's lone goal with help from Collin Hasty and Devin Keeney. Kyle Goldman also turned in a strong performance on the front line.
Defensively, Eric Allen and Danny Bowring led the way, and goalie Matt Showman also played well, collecting four saves.
With the loss, the Thunder (2-3-2) finished fourth in their first season of play in the Baltimore Beltway League.
Under-10 boys -- The Columbia Thunder dropped a 1-0 decision to the Reston Storm.
Though the Thunder controlled the ball for the majority of the game, keeping it in the Reston end, they couldn't put the ball in the net.
Matt Hashimoto, Danny Gemp, Britton Boras, Mark Johnson, Tony Gatto, Dave Silver and Ben Brasso played well despite the loss.
* Under-15 1/2 girls -- The Columbia Cougars played to a 1-1 tie with the Seneca Sting over the weekend.
After the Sting took a 1-0 lead early in the first half, the Cougars tied it when Marissa Catalano scored on a cross from Emily
Bielefeld early in the second half.
The Columbia team was unable to cash in on a number of other scoring opportunities despite the strong play of Angie Jefferson, Carolyn Flowers and Monica Dodd.
* Under-16 girls -- Christina Eberhart and Julie Hastings scored goals, and Kristin Midura and Eberhart added assists, as the
Columbia Courage blanked the Little River Lemonheads, 2-0.
Nyesha Ford had a strong game in goal, getting defensive support from Shanti Smith, Katie Young, Aime Kellner and Steph Romich.
* Under-10 girls -- In a season-ending parents vs. kids game, the Columbia Dynamo and the under-50 Columbia Geezers played to a 3-3 draw.
Tori Parris, Mellissa Workman and Mrs. Hooper scored for the Dynamo, while Mr. Hooper, Mr. Test and Coach Shapiro scored for the parents.
Geezers players said they considered the tie a moral victory since no paramedics were called to the scene.
* 11-12 boys -- Andy Chen went 2-for-3 with a triple and Michael Paris and Chris Henry both turned in stellar performances in the infield as The Sun for Howard County Cubs held off the Bombers, 8-7, Saturday in the Columbia Youth Baseball
After the Cubs broke a 5-5 tie with three runs in the sixth, reliever Mike Romano preserved the victory with clutch pitching in the bottom of the inning.
Pitchers Jason Strobell and Mike Cometa combined for a six-hitter as the Ry Wardrobe Valet Dry Cleaners Orioles defeated the Giants, 5-3. Clonnie Johnson led the offense,
knocking in two runs with a single.