River Hill shoots and scores, 7-0 Coach's challenge puts Hawks past Wilde Lake

Girls soccer

September 25, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill coach Cynthia Odell wanted her team to do a couple things yesterday against visiting Wilde Lake that it failed to do last week in an upset loss at Urbana.

"One of our problems in the Urbana game was that we didn't finish," Odell said. "I told them they had to shoot, and they had to score."

They did, and they did.

Senior Natalie Cox and freshman Maria Masciantonio each had two first-half goals as 14th-ranked River Hill rolled to a 7-0 victory in the county opener for both teams. The Hawks (3-1 overall) outshot Wilde Lake (1-3), 29-3.

"They played very well. I was really happy," said Odell. "They executed what we told them to do, and that's important."

On paper, River Hill has the strongest talent in the county. And yesterday, the Hawks made it look that way on the field as well.

"River Hill looked good," said Wilde Lake coach Roy Andersch. "They played at a higher level."

The Hawks controlled the midfield and played a superior passing game that created for them many scoring opportunities. For the most of the game, River Hill kept the ball in Wilde Lake's end, sending it wide, then crossing it near the 18.

"We were pumped up due to the fact we lost 1-0 to Urbana," said Cox. "That game made us angry, and it made us stronger -- mentally and physically."

Cox opened the scoring on a breakaway. River Hill sweeper Mary Pattillo lofted the ball over the Wilde Lake defense, which was moving up, and Cox raced to the ball at the 25 and scored easily. Caitlin Bair tapped in a nice cross from Krista Killian (two assists) four minutes later. Then Cox scored quickly, and the rout was on.

Marielle Proia and Natalie Klisas had second-half goals.

River Hill's only setback was a second-half knee injury to Bair. She said her left knee "popped in and out" after her shoe got caught with a Wildecat player's shoelace. Bair will see a orthopedist today.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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