Wartman's goals make her coach all wet Loch Raven takes lead, then holds off Bel Air, 3-1, in 2A-3A North semifinal

Girls soccer

November 01, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Loch Raven coach Debbie Konschak may have been a little wet following yesterday's Class 2A-3A North regional semifinal against Bel Air, but she didn't seem to mind a bit.

Before the game, she had promised senior Nicole Wartman that if the forward scored a goal, she could douse the coach with a cup of water.

After Wartman scored not one but two goals to lead the host Raiders to a 3-1 win, a simple cup just wouldn't do. Instead, Wartman felt it more appropriate to use the whole jug.

"I'm wet, but I'm happy," said Konschak.

The Raiders, who moved up in class after winning last year's Class 1A-2A state title, advance in the tournament to Tuesday's region final against Patapsco, a 4-1 winner yesterday over Dundalk.

After dominating play in the first half and building a 2-0 lead, the Raiders had to stave off a second-half blitz by the Bobcats.

"This was a hard-fought battle," said Konschak. "I think in the second half we let down a little bit."

Loch Raven dominated play in the early going, outshooting Bel ** Air 7-3 in the first half and nearly scoring a half-dozen times before Wartman's breakaway goal gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead 6: 57 from halftime.

Just over two minutes later, they extended the lead to 2-0 when Christine Hild picked the pocket of a defender trying to clear in her own end and scored from 10 yards.

"We didn't play our ballgame in the first half," said Bel Air coach Bill Zimmerman. "If somebody would have watched us last week against North Harford, in the first half, and today in the first half, they would have thought this was a different team."

In the second half, however, yesterday's game was all Bel Air. The Bobcats took the half's first seven shots and cut the deficit to 2-1 on Nikki Hentz's header with 28: 18 left.

Bel Air missed a chance to tie midway through the half, when Becca Jones' shot off an indirect kick barely sailed high. Loch Raven, however, was able to stave off the surge and finally took its first shot of the half with 6: 10 left.

Wartman's second goal, off a corner by Erica Volk with 5: 30 to play, then sealed the victory.

Said Wartman: "We just knew that they could come back and win this, so we tried to step up and play harder."

"We were losing the 50-50s, and we were losing the head balls," said Zimmerman. "This is the playoffs, and you've got to be up for every game. I think if we played them again, we could beat them."

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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