River Hill avenges loss to Urbana Killian, Walcott score twice each in 4-0 win

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September 18, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Not again.

That's what everyone was thinking when River Hill and visiting Urbana got ready to play yesterday afternoon and no referees were in sight.

"It reminded us a lot of last year," said River Hill senior Krista Killian. "Everyone kept saying it was deja vu."

A year ago at Urbana, referees failed to show for the night game and Urbana beat River Hill in overtime in a game officiated by parents.

Yesterday, things were different. The referees did show up, and so did River Hill.

First-half goals by sophomore Rashida Walcott and two more by Killian powered the seventh-ranked Hawks to a 4-0 victory.

"They did this for themselves," said River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley. "Last year, they lost to this team. They were pumped up for this game and came out ready to play."

Thanks to the efforts of River Hill athletic director Don Van Deusen, a referee showed up and the game started 35 minutes late. A second referee arrived shortly before the first half ended.

The game would not have been played without a referee.

"I was kind of disappointed [when there were no referees at game time] because we were looking forward to playing them," said Killian, who assisted on Walcott's first goal 12: 05 into the first half. "But we didn't want it to be a rough game like last year.

"We wanted to play a good game that was under control and showed our skill. I think we did. I think we played very well."

Urbana coach Brian Parker agreed.

"They're tough as nails and can play. That combination will win a lot of games," said Parker. "We didn't respond quickly enough to their physical style of play, and we made mistakes they capitalized on. I don't think there was an aspect of the game River Hill didn't win."

Smedley, who coached the River Hill JV the last two seasons, stresses to her team to "score early to take control of the game." She feels last year's 1-0 loss to Urbana was partly due because "we didn't put a goal in right away."

Walcott, who played JV last year, took care of that yesterday. "I trapped a pass from Krista off my chest and onto the ground and put it in the left corner," said Walcott of her first goal.

Five minutes later River Hill junior Natalie Klisas sent a powerful pass from midfield toward Walcott, and the quick left forward was able to finish. "The ball went through her [defender's] legs and I took it from her and shot it with my left foot into the right corner," Walcott said.

Smedley was impressed with Walcott's effort. "She gets better and better every game," Smedley said. "She has great goal sense and can get the ball in the net."

Killian scored from 20 yards on a direct kick 7: 08 into the second half, then added another goal with 22: 35 left to play on a 22-yard shot over the goalie Carrie Crogan.

River Hill improved to 3-1 and Urbana fell to 3-2.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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