Gaertner boosts River Hill over Loch Raven, 1-0 Second-year Hawks face South River in 2A/3A final

November 11, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Tenth-ranked River Hill played a strong second half and used a Kathy Gaertner goal to score a 1-0 victory No. 13 Loch Raven in the Class 2A/3A state semifinal last night at Catonsville Community College.

River Hill (15-2), in only its second year, will meet No. 8 South River (14-2) in Saturday's state final at Dundalk Community College. South River topped Middletown, 2-0, in the other semifinal last night.

Loch Raven (12-4-1) won the Class 1A/2A state title last year while South River shared the Class 2A/3A crown with Liberty.

River Hill and Loch Raven played even much of the first half in their game. Despite outshooting the Raiders, 6-3, in that half, River Hill came up with few scoring chances.

That changed in the final 40 minutes. River Hill controlled play from the beginning, outshooting Loch Raven, 10-0, and taking the lead when Gaertner fired a 15-yard shot that bounced off the far post and in with 36: 18 left.

"I wasn't sure if it was going in," she said. "I beat one girl, and then I was wide open, [and] no one stepped up on me."

River Hill kept the pressure on throughout the half. Clearing the ball became an adventure for Loch Raven. The Raiders had superior speed, but could do little to spark the offense.

The Hawks wound up outshooting Loch Raven, 16-3, and controlling the ball and play for much of the game. River Hill also had a few other good scoring chances, but couldn't finish.

Loch Raven had the best first-half opportunities. Speedy Nicole Wartman broke in alone later in the half, but goalie Megan Wright stopped her. The ball bounced back, and Wartman got off a soft shot that Natalie Klisas cleared.

South River 2, Middletown 0: The Seahawks took control early against Middletown (15-3). They pressured the Knights several times in the opening minutes and Heather Collison scored 10: 13 into the game after she beat goalie Aryn McCumber to a ball in front after it squirted into the box.

Nichoal Zamarripa scored with just 5: 30 left to make it 2-0.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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