Parents ref, River Hill bows in OT, 1-0 Hawks lose apparent goal, coach objects to roughness


September 19, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN StAFF

Urbana's girls soccer team surprised 11th-ranked River Hill, 1-0, in overtime last night at Urbana in a game officiated by parents.

When no referees showed up, River Hill coach Cynthia Odell was told that an Urbana parent, whose daughter plays on the JV, had college-level experience.

"I didn't feel I had too much choice," said Odell, who said parents from both teams ran the lines.

Odell said the game became too aggressive and "got out of hand, in my opinion."

She threatened to pull her team off the field with 15 minutes left in regulation. "I told him I was going to take my team off if he didn't get control of the game. It got a little better after that."

Odell was upset with a call against her team that gave Urbana a direct kick in overtime. Urbana sweeper Denise Rogers connected from 35 yards to hand the Hawks their first loss in three games.

Odell felt "we won the game in regulation," thanks to an apparent second-half goal by Krista Killian. But the referee took it away, ruling that the Urbana goalkeeper had control.

"The ball slid under her [the Urbana goalie]," Odell said. "She did not have her hands on it. We thought we had scored. We were jumping up and down on the sidelines."

Odell was proud of the way her team picked up its play and intensity in the second half. "We just need to learn from this," she said.

Recruiting information

High school student-athletes and their parents can learn about the college athletic recruiting process at a seminar Sept. 30 at Centennial.

The program, organized by Centennial counselor Dave Greenberg and Mount Hebron counselor P.J. Kesmodel, will start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Panelists include Kathy Zerrlaut, UMBC assistant athletic director and NCAA compliance officer; Chris Weller, University of Maryland women's basketball coach, and Dick Edell, University of Maryland men's lacrosse coach.

Among the topics are the goals of the recruiting process and the specific roles of the NCAA, college coach, high school coach, student athlete, parent and counselor.

"There is a lot of misconception and confusion about the whole process," said Greenberg, who coaches girls basketball and football. "P.J. and I have worked with a lot of student athletes, and we thought this would be a good opportunity to help county-wide. There are many regulations, and the process has become a little more complex. We'll try to clear up questions parents and students might have."

Kesmodel coached Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team to four state titles before retiring after the 1995 season. He returned to coaching last spring at City.

Tough schedule

Oakland Mills' girls soccer team opened the season with games against three teams in The Sun's top 15 poll. And while Scorpions coach Steve Matters wants to win every game, he realizes playing strong teams now will help them in the future.

"With the open playoffs, it doesn't pay not to play those teams," said Matters. "You have to play good teams to get better."

Oakland Mills lost, 1-0, to No. 15 McDonogh, tied No. 3 Arundel, 2-2, and dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 6 Fallston.

Player of Year update

So how are last year's Howard County Players of the Year in volleyball, field hockey and girls soccer doing in college?

Centennial graduate Meredith Price, The Sun's metro volleyball Player of the Year, has played in all nine matches -- and started three -- for North Carolina State. Price, a middle blocker and outside hitter, has played in 22 of 34 games for the Wolfpack (0-9).

Price returns to the area Nov. 14 when N.C. State plays at Maryland.

Goalie Julie Kapcala of Atholton has played in one game for UCLA (5-0). Kapcala played for 22 minutes and allowed one goal in the Bruins' 4-1 win earlier this month against San Jose State.

Kelly Dodson of Mount Hebron hasn't played yet for Hofstra's field hockey team.

Anyone for lacrosse?

Mount Hebron girls lacrosse coach Chris Robinson and his predecessor, P.J. Kesmodel, have organized a Fall Ball Plus Lacrosse League for girls, beginning Sept. 28 at the Supersports Indoor Arena in Eldersburg. The league, which will have middle school and high school divisions, will continue every Sunday in October. There will be instruction, games and guest speakers. Information: Robinson (410-203-0006) or Kesmodel (410-461-4159).

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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