River Hill duo is two of a kind Soccer: River Hill twins Karla and Krista Killian are quick to point out their differences, but it's their similarities that make them stand out -- excelling on the soccer field and in the classroom.


October 04, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill's Karla and Krista Killian will never room together in college.

"They could never do that," said their mother, Pam.

"Definitely not," Karla said.

And why not?

"She's too neat," said Krista.

And Krista's too sloppy?

"I'm not that messy, I'm just a little less organized," Krista said. "I still know where everything is."

Sisters. Twin sisters at that.

"They get along very well," said their father, George. "Except when they're getting dressed in the morning."

You had to bring that up.

"She comes into my room and steals my clothes," Karla said.

"Sisters share things," Krista said, "so I'm thinking she wouldn't mind."

"But I do," Karla said.


OK, so they don't share the same fondness for neatness, but they do share clothes.

Anything else?

Yes, most definitely yes.

They are very bright -- both are thinking of being pre-med students in college -- and very good soccer players.

Karla is a marking back on defense and Krista plays center-midfield for the 11th-ranked Hawks. Both stand 5 feet 8 and have powerful kicks.

"They're similar in a lot of ways," said River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley. "They can distribute the ball well, are aggressive, and have a presence on the field."

They take their soccer seriously, and want to play in college. But their selection of a college won't be based on soccer or, for that matter, whether they can attend the same university. Academics will be their first priority.

"I think we'll apply to some of the same [universities], but the deciding factor will be which one is best for each of us," said Krista, who, like her senior twin, has a 3.7 grade-point average. "If it happens to be the same, great, if it isn't, then that's OK, too."

Krista is thinking about becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Currently, she is mentoring with Dr. Philip Volk, an orthopedic surgeon at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. And she's hooked. Recently she scrubbed down and joined Dr. Volk when he performed arthroscopic surgery on a patient's knee.

"The technology was amazing," said Krista, who is seven minutes older than Karla. "It's something I'd like to do."

Karla loves baby-sitting. Does that tell you anything?

"I really want to be a pediatrician," Karla said, who is mentoring with Dr. Alfredo J. Herrera, an Ellicott City pediatrician. "I love kids."

The twins started played soccer at age 12. They attended McDonogh School for their freshman year, then transferred to River Hill in January of their sophomore year.

They helped the Hawks to the county title and a share of the Class 2A-3A state championship last year, and are key components of this year's team that is 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the county.

Krista believes the Hawks are strong enough to repeat as county champions.

"I definitely think we are," said Krista, who has seven goals. "If we keep up the hard work and dedication, we can do it again. That's our goal. I know that we all really want it."

Karla and Krista have played on the state Olympic Development Program team for five years, and play travel soccer for the Majestic.

Not surprisingly, the twins, who have different blood types, are very close. "They get along really well, especially for sisters, on and off the field," said Smedley. "They're very supportive of each other."

Smedley believes that comes from their parents. "Because their parents are so supportive of them, they support each other and everyone else on the team."

Of course, no one knows the twins better them themselves.

On academics: "She's strong in English and history, I'm strong in math and science," said Karla.

On the field: "She's a quiet leader," Krista said of Karla. "She leads by example."

Off the field: "She's the more caring one," Karla said of Krista. "She's more sensitive."

Facing the mirror: "Some people can't tell us apart, but I don't think we look alike at all," Karla said.

Whether they look alike or not, the bond is there.

"I love being a twin," said Karla, whose older sister, Kara, is a Glenelg graduate and senior at Bowling Green University in Ohio. "It's something special that most people don't have. You always know that there is someone there for you."

And that is a comforting thought as they think about next year in college.

"Even if we don't go to the same college, I know that if I called her and told her something she would understand," Karla said. "We're best friends."

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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