River Hill lived up to its expectations last night.
Facing a determined Wilde Lake team that scored two first-half goals within 38 seconds to take the lead, the 12th-ranked Hawks responded with four unanswered second-half goals en route to a 6-3 victory in the Class 2A/3A South region championship last night at Howard High.
"It shows our desire. It shows that we can play," said Caitlin Bair, who led the Hawks (14-2) with three second-half goals. "Emotionally, this was the best game we've had. Everyone clicked. Everything worked."
Kathy Gaertner and Krista Killian each had a goal and two assists for River Hill. Gaertner now has eight goals and 15 assists on the season and Killian seven goals and nine assists.
Natalie Klisas scored a critical goal for the Hawks late in the first half that tied the game at halftime.
"Our girls played great, but the better team won," said Wilde Lake coach Roy Andersch. "It's going to take a very good team to beat them."
The second-year Hawks will meet Loch Raven, a 3-0 winner over Patapsco, at 12: 30 p.m. Saturday at Catonsville Community College in a state semifinal. Loch Raven is the defending 1A/2A state champion.
River Hill, which beat Wilde Lake, 7-0, in the county opener this season, went ahead six minutes into the game on Gaertner's goal. But Wilde Lake, which finished the season 9-6-1 after a 1-4 start, didn't quit.
Midway through the half, Wilde Lake seniors Amanda Berman and Bridget White scored goals within 38 seconds -- each assisted the other -- to push the Wildecats in front.
"We were kind of shocked," Bair said.
Klisas, a sophomore stopper who plays up to help the offense, tied the game with 3: 12 left.
"That was incredibly important," said Hawks coach Cynthia Odell. "It was a morale booster."
Bair scored 92 seconds into the second half, and River Hill had the upper hand the rest of the way.
"In the second half we started playing wide and spreading it out more," Gaertner said.
White had two goals, including the game's last off a fine assist from Berman. Berman finished with the season with 19 goals and 11 assists.
Pub Date: 11/05/97