Doves take 6th straight girls soccer title Notebook

October 22, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Western's girls soccer team won its sixth straight Baltimore City championship with an 8-0 record against league foes.

Since 1993, the Doves have won five titles outright, including the last three, and shared one with Patterson. The only time they did not win was the first year of city soccer, 1992, when City took the crown.

This year, the Doves clinched the title with a 7-1 win over Southern last week and polished off the perfect league record by beating Patterson, 4-0, on Monday.

Freshman striker Melinda McLaughlin scored three goals against Patterson, boosting her to the top of the Doves scoring chart. With 10 goals and four assists, she stands just ahead of junior wing Faustina Dadson, with nine goals and four assists.

The Doves also have gotten top performances from Jamaica Wood (five goals, five assists), Dana Furno (three goals, five assists) and Marilyn Scals, as well as the defensive unit of Dietra Moore, Rebecca Mason, Autumn Wilkins and goalies Chantay Haught and Diana Boyce.

"I had a core group who've played together for three years, and they really began meshing," said Doves coach Paul Plott. "They really play together, and when you add good new people like Melinda and Dana, that helps."

Plott said the Doves played their best game of the season Tuesday in a 6-0 loss to No. 3-ranked Notre Dame Prep. They take a 9-3 overall record into next week's regional playoffs.

County on top

Baltimore County football teams Eastern Tech of Class 3A, Randallstown of Class 2A and Hereford of Class 1A are all ranked No. 1 in points accumulation toward qualifying for the state playoffs.

Three games remain in the regular season, but if the eight-team playoff field were chosen today, all three teams would be No. 1 seeds.

This is a milestone for county football, said county coordinator of athletics Ron Belinko, whose association with county athletics covers 33 years.

Teams are awarded eight points for beating a 4A school, seven for 3A, six for 2A and five for a 1A. In addition, teams are awarded one point -- called a bonus point -- for every victory achieved by the team it has defeated.

A win over a 4A team that has won four games, for example, is worth 12 points. If that team finishes with eight wins, its net worth to your playoff chances is 16 points.

Tournament draw

The draw for the fall postseason tournament pairings in volleyball, soccer and field hockey will be Sunday afternoon at Long Reach High School in Columbia. Times: Field hockey, noon; volleyball, 1: 30 p.m.; soccer, 3 p.m.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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