Soccer teams pay holiday visit to Miami

January 05, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Four soccer teams from Columbia traveled to Miami over the holiday break last week to participate in the 25th Junior Orange Bowl International Girls Soccer Tournament.

The Columbia Spirit posted five shutouts to reach the championship game in the under-18 Orange Division. In a rematch of the final two years ago, the Yorktown Jaguars of New York defeated the Spirit again by the identical score, 1-0. The Jaguars, who finished third in the nationals last year, scored with six minutes left.

The Spirit, which has won five Maryland State Cup titles in the last six years, began the tournament with a 1-0 win over Memphis FC, the defending national champions. Abby Bausman, a freshman at the University of Maryland, scored and Wilde Lake's Amanda Berman got the assist.

Centennial's Tania Riismandel scored three goals as the Spirit defeated Spirit '78 out of Plano, Texas, 5-0. Aimee Grahe, who plays on the boys team at Williamsport High in Hagerstown, and Bausman also scored.

Ginny Dye, a guest player on the team from Oakland Mills, scored as the Spirit beat the Twin County Raiders of New Jersey, 1-0. Berman's goal led to a 1-0 win in the quarterfinals over the Boston Bolts.

In the semifinals, the Spirit and Charles River United, the Massachusetts state champions, played to a scoreless tie in regulation. The Spirit fell behind four minutes into the first of two 15-minute overtime periods, then Grahe tied the game and Berman, a sophomore at Wilde Lake, won it. Neither team scored in the second overtime.

The Spirit, coached by John Bagrosky and assisted by Roy Andersch and Mike Curry (goalie coach), got excellent goaltending from Howard's Megan Boehm and Atholton's Mandy Robins.

Three marking backs also played well -- Centennial's Michelle Clare, Severna Park's Lindsey Poland and Dulaney's Alison Schuch. Clare, Poland and Schuch, who recently committed to James Madison University, are important goal scorers on their high school teams but play defense for the Spirit.

Other Howard County players on the Spirit are Mount Hebron's Julie Kickham, who received a lacrosse scholarship from North Carolina, Atholton's Caitlin Bair and Glenelg's Lee Custer.

"I can't say enough how pleased I am of this group as people," said Bagrosky. "They've got great character. I'm very proud of them."

The Columbia Phoenix, formed in August and coached by Dave Nesbitt, finished 1-1-2 in the under-17 Orange Division. Centenni

al's Lauren Molinaro had a goal. Howard County players Alyssa Gamaldo of Howard, Emily Bielefeld of Hammand and Melissa Greczy and Julie Kapcala of Atholton also contributed.

"The girls played well," said Nesbitt. "We'll be more competitive in late spring as the girls get use to playing a little different style."

The Columbia Magic, coached by Armando Guiterrez, finished 1-1-2 in the under-16 division. Wilde Lake's Bridget White had a goal for the Magic, which received good play from Glenelg's Kathy Gaertner, Atholton's Meagan Funches, Howard's Wanda Elledge and Oakland Mills' Leslie Miller.

The Columbia Flames, coached by Nazario Filipponi, finished 2-2 in the under-14 division.

Mullings sets record

Howard senior Donna Mullings set a meet record in the long jump and finished fourth in the triple jump at the Diamond State Invitation indoor track meet Dec. 27 at the University of Delaware.

Mullings long-jumped 18 feet, 11 1/4 inches (the old mark was 18-11) and triple-jumped 37- 1/2 .

Howard's Tominka Howard was third in the 55-meter consolation race with a time of 7.4 seconds, and Gianna Alston finished sixth in 9.3 in the 55 hurdles consolation race.

The Lions' mile relay team of Mullings, Alston, Howard and Susan Mancho took third in the Maryland Championship division in 4:17.5.

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