Loehr lifts Perry Hall to final

November 13, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Perry Hall's 13th-ranked girls soccer team has nothing left to prove even though it still has one more game to play.

Jessica Loehr scored a first-half goal that held up for a 1-0 upset of No. 4 Severna Park in a Class 3A-4A state semifinal last night at Catonsville Community College.

The Gators (12-2) will meet No. 3 Centennial, a 4-0 winner over Old Mill in the other semifinal, for the state championship Friday night at 8 at North County.

"I think everyone wrote us off after we beat Dulaney," said Loehr, whose squad eliminated the defending state champs in the regional playoffs. "Then we beat C. Milton Wright and that proved something, but then they didn't think we could beat this team."

The Gators not only beat the Falcons, they dominated through most of the first 70 minutes of the game. Still, they could only put one ball past the Falcons' aggressive keeper Shannon Chaney.

"She came out in the beginning of the game and made some super plays," said Perry Hall coach Frank Insinga, of Chaney, who had recorded 13 shutouts.

"She took the ball out [high in the box]. She didn't wait for the ball to come to her, so we changed our strategy. Instead of going down the middle, we pushed it outside to our wings and made them come to the corner and force the goalie back toward the goal. Then we crossed that to the 18 where we could get our heads or our one-time volleys in there."

With center halfback Jessa Phoebus controlling the middle, the Gators repeatedly pushed the ball up the right side to wing Kerri Siess.

In the 22nd minute, the Falcons kicked the ball out to stop Siess driving down the line. On the throw, Siess lofted the ball right in front of the net and Loehr punched it past Chaney (five saves).

"I headed it first," said Loehr, "I just kept on running out and the goalkeeper pushed it to the side. Then it was just wide open."

The Falcons (14-3-1) could not manage a shot until the final five minutes of the first half.

* Oakland Mills 1, Hereford 0: Oakland Mills broke through a stubborn Hereford defense for a goal late in the second half and the victory in a Class 1A-2A state semifinal game.

The goal assured Oakland Mills (12-4-1) of a meeting with Fallston in the state finals Friday at North County High.

Junior Ginny Dye broke free along the right side with just under 16 minutes left and sent a chip at a tough angle that went by Hereford goalie Kate MacFarlane into the upper far post.

It was her 17th goal of the season, to go along with her 12 assists.

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