Md. under-17 girls fall in title game, 1-0

June 13, 1994|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Special to The Sun

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Megan Boehm was solid, sometimes sensational in goal for Maryland, but Eastern New York's Imma Mazzella made Boehm pay for one momentary lapse.

Mazzella's goal after a 40-yard run in the 54th minute proved the difference as Eastern New York edged Maryland, 1-0, for the girls under-17 title of the U.S. Soccer Federation Olympic Development Program Region I Championships yesterday at Rider University.

Eight minutes after Boehm had denied her with a diving save, Mazzella collected Eastern New York sweeper Suzanne Eastman's long clear just past midfield to the right of the center circle. Mazzella carried on a diagonal into the top left of the penalty area before firing a low 15-yarder under Boehm just inside the left post.

The ball probably never should have gotten near Boehm, but her defense never managed to even slow Mazzella down, never mind stop her.

"I didn't get my sweeper arm down and it went under me," said Boehm, who plays for Howard High School and the Maryland Cup U-19 champion Columbia Spirit. "I'm not going to say anything bad about my teammates. I know I played as hard as I could. If we can't come away with a win, I think we played excellent anyway."

Among her many saves, Boehm twice slid out to deny open opponents point-blank within the penalty area.

Maryland's U-16 boys lost, 3-0, to Eastern Pennsylvania in their final.

Eastern Pennsylvania's Ryan Trout sent a pass from midfield to Mike Romm making a diagonal run toward the right post. Romm touched the ball to his left to Raymie Marchatz, who beat keeper Justin Stevens low into the short side for a 1-0 advantage in the 16th minute.

David Brackenbury put Eastern Pennsylvania comfortably ahead, 2-0, 30 seconds after intermission, intercepting Matthew Gormley's weak clearing effort and volleying a hard 25-yarder on one hop just inside the right post.

Chris Albright finished the scoring, booting in a six-yarder from a large puddle in front of the left post as the field became a quagmire.

"They got a goal on us real quick, but I thought we could come back," said midfielder Cort Yetso of Centennial High and the Columbia City United. "As soon as it started getting [extremely muddy], the game was over."

Columbia's Sara Gibbs had a pair of goals -- one from 25 yards, the other from 30 -- and Noe Nakamura added an unassisted tally as Maryland beat Pennsylvania West, 3-0, to complete a 4-0-1 record for first place in the round-robin girls U-13 division.

Connecticut beat Maryland, 3-1, in the boys U-17 semifinals.

Region I comprises 14 areas in 12 states. Last weekend's three-day tournament had each team play three preliminary-round games to try to advance to yesterday's semifinals.

Competition was held in girls U-13 and boys and girls U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-19 divisions.

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