Long Reach gives notice it's here to play Lightning reaches final of Atholton tournament

Girls soccer

September 16, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Long Reach's 3-2 win over Atholton yesterday won't count in Howard County standings, but that was the only thing coach Jennifer Peduzzi could complain about.

The victory moves the Lightning, which didn't win a game last year in its first season, into tomorrow's championship of the Atholton Girls Soccer Tournament against Howard, which rallied for a 3-2 win over Hammond.

Atholton (0-3) will play Hammond (0-2) at 3 p.m., followed at 4: 45 p.m. by Long Reach (2-1) against Howard (1-2).

"I know it won't count on our county record, but this was an opportunity to say we're finally here," said Peduzzi, who is in her first season. "We still have room for improvement, but this will make people aware that Long Reach is here to play. It won't be a breeze to beat them anymore. These girls are really playing their heart out, and that's going to carry them through."

Thema Napier gave the Lightning, which defeated Chapelgate on Friday, a 1-0 lead 3: 30 into the game. She added her fifth goal of the season with 7: 30 remaining for a 3-1 advantage. Kai Freeman also scored for Long Reach off a corner kick from Cindy Maxfield.

Kendra Terry tied the game for Atholton midway through the first half on a cross from Meagan Funches. Funches added a goal 20 seconds before the game ended.

Hammond controlled much of its game against Howard, but surrendered two outstanding second-half goals by junior Jevne Reid.

Sarah Campbell's penalty kick gave the Lions a 1-0 lead, but Hammond tied it when Jenny Jones scored off a nice cross from Martha Bielefeld. Amanda Almon's goal gave the Golden Bears a 2-1 halftime lead.

Reid used her speed to move past the Hammond defense and sent a blistering 25-yard shot into the top left corner to tie the game with 21 minutes left. She again used her speed to score the game-winner with 8: 46 remaining.

Reid broke free on the left side and went toward goalie Lindsey Mitchell. She dribbled to her right across the goal and managed to beat a diving Mitchell to the ball and kick it in.

No. 7 C. Milton Wright 1, No. 14 Mount Hebron 0: The Vikings

(2-1) played well defensively, allowing a goal 14 minutes into the second half. Mount Hebron plays at Glenelg tomorrow in the Howard County opener for both teams.

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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