Allen's goal is River Hill winner over Poolesville Hawks will meet F. S. Key for 1A South title Tuesday

Boys soccer

November 03, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

POOLESVILLE -- Billy Allen scored the only goal of the second half with 26 minutes remaining last night as River Hill defeated Poolesville, 2-1, in a Class 1A South region semifinal game.

The first-year Hawks (12-3) will play host to Carroll County's Francis Scott Key, a 2-1 winner Friday night over Hereford, at 3 p.m. Tuesday for the region title.

Four other Howard County teams will compete for region titles Tuesday in a doubleheader at Howard High. Hammond will play Wilde Lake in Class 2A South at 5: 30 p.m., followed at 7: 30 p.m. by the Class 3A East game between Centennial and Mount Hebron.

Poolesville (9-6), going against the wind, had more quality shots in the first half but often shot wide. The Indians' inability to connect in the first half cost them, because River Hill adjusted at halftime, bringing another defender back to contain Poolesville's counter-attacks.

"The difference was that they finished and we didn't," Poolesville coach Doug Miller said. "We had good chances in the first half."

River Hill took a 1-0 lead with 16 minutes left in the opening half. Adam Crew's throw-in deep in the Poolesville end was batted around by a number of players in the box. The ball rolled out to Sam Salganik, who was up from his sweeper spot, and he scored into the right corner from 12 yards out.

Poolesville tied roughly two minutes later, countering off one of River Hill's eight first-half corner kicks. Matt Parry raced down the left side and crossed to Matt Leber, who was open for the shot.

River Hill coach Bill Stara said "our discipline and our ability to play the ball wide" were important factors against the bigger, stronger and faster Indians. Both elements played a part in the winning goal.

Elliott Marquis passed the ball to Crew on the left sideline, and the freshman raced past his mark and crossed the ball into the box. Allen, moving right to left, quickly caught up with the ball, then, with the goalie racing to protect the near post, kicked it back toward the middle into a wide-open net.

"I think we played well," said Allen, who has 10 goals this season. "They were big, but we used our skill. We played it down the line."

"We kept it on the outside," Salganik said, "and they didn't have as many chances to connect."

L Now, the Hawks are a victory away from the state semifinals.

"After we finished 9-3 [in the regular season], I figured we'd have a good chance to make a run at the states," Salganik said.

"We definitely have a chance to make it if we keep playing the way we are now," said Allen. "We just have to be 'on' every game."

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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