Columbia Chargers roll to Md. Cup girls U-19 title

June 05, 1994|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Contributing Writer

If the Columbia Chargers were playing as if there were no tomorrow, it could be understood. A loss yesterday and the history of one of Maryland's most successful programs would have come to an end.

Second-half goals by Christina Flowers and Rennie Trellis, however, extended the Chargers' life at least one more month. They gave Columbia a 2-0 decision over the Severna Park Alliance for the girls under-19 title of the 19th Maryland Cup Championships at Glenwood Park in Glenwood.

"This just had so much significance. This was our last State Cup," said Trellis. "We kept saying, 'Don't make this our last game.' We lost to this team during the regular season and we shouldn't have."

The Chargers, who have been in seven straight Maryland Cup finals, winning four, now advance to the United States Youth Soccer Region I Championships July 1-4 in Mercer County, N.J. It will be the fourth regional appearance for Columbia, 1990 semifinalists who qualified for the regions a year ago as a wild card after losing to the Bethesda Blizzard in the Maryland U-17 final.

Ten state championships in boys and girls under-9 through under-19 age groups were decided yesterday with nine more to be completed today, starting at 9 a.m. The boys under-19 tournament will be finished next weekend, with semifinals Saturday and the championship match Sunday.

All Maryland winners in the under-12 age groups and older will advance to regional play. The nationals, for regional champs in the U-16 bracket and above are July 28-31 in Blaine, Minn.

The Chargers took the lead in the 59th minute thanks to Flowers' penalty kick with an assist to the theatrics of Tricis Witte, who was tripped in the left side of the penalty area by Shannon Davis.

"If they tackled me, I fell," said Witte. "They had a lot of bigger girls. It was a foul, but not as bad as it looked. If they're bigger, it looks worse than it really is. It's part of the game."

Flowers, who had taken several penalty kicks moments before the game, found the net to the right side for the only goal Columbia would need. "I was nervous. but I had just practiced ZTC penalties before the game," said Flowers, who like Witte and Trellis had played on all seven state finalists.

Peppi Browne had three goals as the Bethesda Blizzard routed Potomac Montgomery United, 5-0, for the girls crown in the first year of the new U-18 division. Molly Rankin and Whitney Paynter also scored.

In the boys U-17 final, Josh Anderson and Kevin Henderson scored in the second half as the Potomac Alliance took the first step in defending its Region I championship with a 2-0 defeat of the Bethesda Wizard. Bill DuRoss made numerous sensational saves in goal for the Alliance.

Championship matches

Boys

Under-17--Potomac Alliance 2, Bethesda Wizards Under-14--SC Baltimore Stars 2, Pasadena Top Guns 1. Under-12--Laurel Wildcats 2, Columbia Chelsea 0. Under-11--Van Erons 1, Rosedale 0. Under-10--SC Baltimore 6, Columbia Cobras 1

Girls

Under-19--Columbia Chargers 2, Severna Park Alliance 0. Under-18--Bethesda Blizzard 5, Potomac Montgomery United 0. Under-13--Bethesda Broncos 3, Parkville Panthers 2. Under-11--Montgomery Soccer Falcons 3, Columbia Fury 0. Under-10--Bethesda Fury 7, Bethesda Bobcats 0

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