Glenelg marks first winning fall in county girls soccer Howard notebook

October 29, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Glenelg's girls soccer team had a record-breaking regular season.

For the first time since the program began in 1980, the Gladiators defeated Oakland Mills (5-0), Wilde Lake (1-0) and Centennial (2-1). Those wins led Glenelg to its first winning record in the county.

"We've had a lot of accomplishments," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams, whose team also beat South Carroll (1-0) for the first time. "It's our first winning record in the league and the most wins ever in the regular season."

The Gladiators (9-5 overall, 6-3 league) also scored the most goals and allowed the fewest in school history in both league and overall play.

"This is probably the best team we've had, no matter how far we go in the playoffs," said Williams, whose team last year finished the regular season 3-7-4, then won four straight and the Class 1A-2A state title. "I really felt going into the season that we had a shot at the county championship, and it turned out we were a couple of overtimes away from it. The only game I felt we got outplayed was when River Hill beat us (2-1).

Glenelg, which scored 22 goals and allowed seven against county teams, lost in overtime to Hammond (1-0) and in double overtime to Mount Hebron (2-1).

Williams, in his sixth year, said several factors contributed to this season's success.

"This team is athletic, which certainly helps us," said Williams, who has 11 players from last year's team. "They also work hard in practice and can make adjustments in games."

Williams added that goalie Jamie Epperlein "has been more consistent then she's ever been," and the defense, led by Lori Tvarkunas and Amanda Strandquist, has played well together.

The addition of sophomore midfielder Jen Fields solidified the offense. Fields had two assists against Centennial Tuesday, making 10 for the season, plus six goals. Senior Christa Vent has contributed eight goals and five assists, and junior Kelly Renfro has six goals and one assist.

Williams also said assistant Dean Sheridan, who was the head coach from 1987-90, has played an important role. "I can't say enough about what he does," Williams said. "He's another factor in our success."

Here are the final regular-season girls soccer standings: Hammond 12-1-1 overall, 8-1 league; River Hill 11-3, 8-1; Mount Hebron 10-4, 7-2; Glenelg 9-5, 6-3; Centennial 8-6, 5-4; Oakland Mills 5-9, 4-5; Wilde Lake 4-9-1, 3-6; Long Reach 4-8, 2-7; Howard 2-12, 1-8; Atholton 2-12, 1-8.

Tuesday's final regular-season games produced some surprises. Atholton won its first county game, 1-0, over Long Reach on sophomore Kristen Rego's second-half goal.

Mount Hebron, which had won six straight, including games over Glenelg, River Hill and Centennial, lost a county title share in a 1-0 defeat at Oakland Mills. Katie Nutter scored from an assist from Molly Sunderdick.


Oakland Mills and Atholton are battling for the right to play Mount Hebron in the county championship match at 7 p.m. Wednesday at River Hill. A $4 admission will be charged.

The second-ranked Vikings (13-0 overall, 11-0 county) clinched their division roughly two weeks ago. Their opponent might not be decided until Monday, the regular season's final day.

Atholton has finished 5-3 against divisional opponents (Oakland Mills, Long Reach, Hammond and Howard). Oakland Mills plays Hammond today, and a win by the Scorpions would tie them with Atholton.

The tie-breaking criteria that would be used is: county overall record in matches; head-to-head with the tying teams in matches; and head-to-head in individual games, won/lost.

Here's one scenario: Atholton loses today to No. 4 Centennial and Monday to Mount Hebron and finishes 6-7 in the county. Oakland Mills beats Hammond today, but loses to No. 5 Glenelg on Monday and also finishes 6-7.

With both teams finishing 6-7 in the county and each team having beaten the other once, the matter would be decided by games won in head-to-head competition. Atholton would get the nod, having won five of eight games. The Raiders beat Oakland Mills, 3-0, in the first meeting, then the Scorpions took the second, 3-2.

That means should Oakland Mills win today, it must defeat Glenelg Monday to win the division.

Oakland Mills coach Kim Rosado said she was "happy with the way we played" in Tuesday's four-game victory over Long Reach. Rayna DuBose, Nicki Haverstick, Erin Hughes, Jenny O'Keefe and Sylvie Safren have been playing well for the Scorpions.

"I tell the girls you have to play defense first, and that's what they're doing," Rosado said. "They played great defense against Long Reach."

Volleyball will continue to have two divisions next year, but the teams that make up those divisions will change.

The two-division system started last year, and the divisions were established by random draw. It just so happened that the better teams -- Centennial, Mount Hebron, River Hill and Glenelg -- all ended up in one division.

County athletic directors meet Nov. 24, and coordinator of athletics Don Disney hopes two new divisions will be formed.

Pub Date: 10/29/98

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