Baltimore County soccer championships

October 27, 1998|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield

Girls

Loch Raven (9-3-1) at

No. 7 Hereford (12-2)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: This title matchup features a showdown between the 1997 county champion and the 1996 champ. The Bulls won their first county crown last year while Loch Raven won its third title in four years in 1996. Steve Power's Hereford team boasts one of the area's top striker combinations in All-Metro second-team senior Melissa Mueller (20 goals, 11 assists) and freshman Hollis Botti (14, 9). Those two lead a Bulls attack that has outscored the opposition, 72-12. Behind senior sweeper Annie Ernst, the Bulls' defense has posted eight shutouts. The Division I champion Bulls suffered their only two losses to Catholic League foes Institute of Notre Dame, in the season opener, and No. 5 Mercy -- both by 3-2 margins. Division II champ Loch Raven started off the season 0-3-1 against teams that are or have been ranked, but since then, Debby Konshak's Raiders have won nine straight games and allowed just four goals. Like the Bulls' offense, the Raiders' attack is no slouch. Led by seniors Ashley ++ Froman (12, 8) and Anne Mobley (5, 8), they have outscored the opposition, 47-13. Their defense, anchored by Laura Palazzi and Erica O'Donnell, has recorded six shutouts. This year, both the Bulls and the Raiders swept through their divisions with 7-0 records. The two teams have faced three common opponents. Both lost to Mercy. Hereford defeated Parkville (3-2 in double overtime) and Perry Hall (3-1) while the Raiders lost to Parkville (3-1) and tied Perry Hall (1-1).

Boys

No. 12 Franklin (11-2) at

Perry Hall (7-3-2)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: Franklin has won nine of its past 10 games, shutting out six opponents in that time, including a victory over last year's Baltimore County champ Dulaney (11-1). It was by virtue of that victory that the Indians, of coach Larry Meekins, swiped the Division I crown and moved into the championship game at Division II champ Perry Hall. Franklin returned 12 seniors, including F John Schuster, M Scott Landis and D Nick Outten, from a squad which ended last year with a four-game winning streak and lost, 1-0, to Patapsco in the region finals. Ed Wolf's Division II winner Perry Hall was an earlier, 5-1 loser to Dulaney, but always seems to find a way back into contention. Last year, after losing to Dulaney during the regular season, it was the Gators who eliminated Dulaney, 4-0, to reach the region finals. Senior F Jason Holderness leads the way, and junior G Matt Barrett has stepped in nicely for a program which graduated its entire backfield from last season.

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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