River Hill moves into title game with shutout Hawks blank Patapsco, 3-0, will meet Easton for 2A championship

November 11, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

ROCKVILLE -- No. 1-ranked River Hill advanced to the state Class 2A championship game by dominating No. 13-ranked Patapsco last night on a muddy field at Magruder High, 3-0.

Patapsco's dream of winning its fourth state title disintegrated when the Patriots failed to control the midfield and allowed River Hill to create numerous scoring opportunities for forwards Adom Crew and Billy Allen.

Crew scored his 13th and 14th goals, and Allen had three assists.

The Hawks, state runner-ups a year ago in Class 1A, will face Easton in the state finals Saturday at Old Mill High. Easton scored with 30 seconds left to emerge a 2-1 winner over Bethesda-Chevy Chase in last night's first game of a the Class 2A doubleheader.

River Hill (15-1) wasted no time in showing Patapsco (14-3) why it is ranked No. 1. The Hawks scored in the seventh minute and Allen was right in the middle of the goal.

Chris Hastings started the play with a nice cross-over dribble down the middle of the field. He passed to Allen on the left side as Patapsco goalkeeper Frank Branham came out. Allen shot, but it was rejected off the line by a Patapsco defender, who kicked the ball weakly right to a waiting Crew. The sophomore had followed the play and volleyed the ball into the net from close range.

"We were able to pin them in and attack the whole game," said Crew. "They played off me most of the game, and Billy was able to get in and turn the corner."

River Hill waited until the 39th minute before scoring its second goal. This time Allen turned the corner and volleyed the ball into the middle to a waiting Todd Tedrow. Tedrow settled the ball, turned and kicked it into the upper left part of the net for his second goal this season.

"I don't think Patapsco got a shot on goal in the first half," River Hill coach Bill Stara said.

Saturday's state final will be the eighth straight for Stara, who is coaching his second season at River Hill after his teams won seven state titles in 15 seasons at Centennial.

Centennial didn't let up in the second half, although Patapsco, making its 10th trip to the final four, was able to get several shots on goal.

In the 61st minute, River Hill's Crew scored the game-clinching third goal off a cross from Allen, who again got in deep.

It was River Hill's 10th shutout, and goalkeeper Brad Breen preserved it late in the game with a strong save off a point-blank shot.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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