Loch Raven powers to 3-1 win over Catonsville Roil has 2 goals as Raiders maintain big turnaround

November 01, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Just like the regular season, Loch Raven saved its best for last.

After muddling through the first half, the Raiders shifted their attack into full gear for the final 30 minutes to take a 3-1 triumph over visiting Catonsville in the Class 2A North Region final yesterday. It was the second regional title in seven years for Loch Raven and its first since 1992, when the Raiders went on to claim the Class 2A state title.

Senior forward Kim Roil paced Loch Raven with two goals, including the eventual game-winner one minute into the second half.

"We just all knew that we didn't want to lose the game," Roil said. "We didn't want to have any regrets."

A loss would have ended one of the biggest midseason turnarounds in the area. Loch Raven (9-6) began the season losing five of its first seven games. The Raiders then settled in and have won seven of their past eight games, including five in a row.

During that five-game winning streak, Loch Raven has outscored its opponents, 16-5.

That wasn't the case in the first half against Catonsville. The Comets outshot Loch Raven, 5-1, in the first half and had the Raiders scrambling on defense.

However, the Raiders scored on their lone first-half shot -- a goal by Roil 8 1/2 minutes before halftime -- to hold a 1-0 lead.

"Our game is not defense," Loch Raven coach Kathy Railey said. "We expect to give up one or two goals a game. Our plan is to score more goals than them.

"I just told them [at halftime] if they're not going to play their game, they're not going to win."

That's when Loch Raven hit its stride, moving the ball up the field with speed and attacking the circle. Roil capped the barrage 52 seconds into the second half with a shot into the right corner of the goal to increase the Raiders' lead to 2-0 and set the tempo of the remaining 29 minutes.

"I think it got our spirits up," Roil said. "It was like we knew we could do this. And we kept it going."

Fourteen minutes later, Christine Jackson converted a fast-break opportunity to give Loch Raven a 3-0 advantage. Catonsville broke up the shutout when Lily Porter, who had just come off the bench, scored from the left wing with 10: 05 remaining in the game.

The game was uncharacteristic of the Comets. Entering the game, Catonsville (12-3) had won five consecutive games and allowed just eight goals in its previous 14 games.

"We didn't play our game," Catonsville coach Kathy Schuyler said. "We were always watching them and reacting to them rather than playing our game."

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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