Kapcala's a keeper -- on field, too

September 20, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Julie Kapcala was getting anxious. With 10 minutes left in regulation of a scoreless game Wednesday against Laurel, the senior goalkeeper had a message for first-year coach Wendell Thomas.

"I told my sweeper [Erin Lipple] to tell the coach I wanted to come out," Kapcala said.

Not out of the game. Just out of goal.

Five minutes later, Kapcala got her wish. She swapped positions with center-halfback Anne Greenfield. She was a field player.

"We had a lot of opportunities to score, but we couldn't put it in," Thomas said. "I felt if Julie could put her foot on the ball, she could make something happen. I was wrong. She put her head on the ball."

Indeed, she did.

With just over two minutes remaining, Lindsay Gilliam's flip-style throw in sailed toward the goal. Kapcala headed the ball in for the game's only score.

Kapcala, a second-team all-county goalkeeper last year, enjoys playing the field. But she doesn't want to make this a habit.

"I hope I don't have to," saidKapcala, who scored a goal in her sophomore year. "But if we're tied or losing by a goal late in the game, I think he has the confidence in me to let me play in the field."

Said Williams: "She's a pretty talented field player. She can make things happen. If we get to the point late in the game where we need a goal, I can see doing the same thing again."

Eagles open with win

Centennial's field hockey team, which a year ago became the only county team ever to win a field hockey state title, opened its season yesterday with a convincing 2-0 victory over Bel Air.

How convincing?

Senior goalie Jodi Godbout made one save.

"We dominated the game," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell, whose team took 16 shots and had 15 corners compared to one for Bel Air. "This team is very focused. They realize they can't take anything for granted. They play every ball as if there are 10 seconds left and we're losing."

Kristin Gaudio and Christi Rochelle scored for the Eagles.

River Hill gets started

River Hill's girls soccer team begins its season today with a stretch of four games in seven days.

"The kids are ready to play," said coach Cynthia Odell, whose team has been practicing since Aug. 19. "We're as ready as we're going to be."

The 20 varsity players will get out of school a couple hours early today for a game against J. M. Bennett in Salisbury. The Hawks play host to Mardela Springs tomorrow (11: 30 a.m.) and Urbana Tuesday before opening the county schedule at Hammond next Friday.

Caitlin Bair said the month of practice has woked out well.

"It's what we needed," said Bair, an all-county player at Atholton last year. "We're a new team with a new coach, and we've needed this time to get to know each other."

Molinaro on the mend

Centennial's Lauren Molinaro, the two-time county soccer Player of the Year and an All-Metro performer, began practicing Wednesday and hopes to play next Friday in the league opener against Wilde Lake.

Molinaro has been out of action for three weeks with a strained muscle in her lower back. She doesn't know how the injury happened. The senior missed her first high school game last week when the then No. 1-ranked Eagles lost to C. M. Wright, 2-1.

Glenelg getting spiked

Glenelg's volleyball team, which won the Class 2A state championship a year ago, has opened its season with two losses. Hammond defeated the sixth-ranked Gladiators Tuesday and Atholton did so yesterday by identical 3-1 scores.

"We're struggling a bit," said first-year coach Fred Talentino.

Starting middle-hitter Andie Marks missed both matches with a sprained ankle. Talentino said the Gladiators really miss Marks' "experience and leadership."

In both losses, Glenelg won the first game only to lose three straight. "We have to learn to mentally stay in the match," said Talentino, who said the team is making a lot of service errors.

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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