River Hill, Hebron have makings of title game Notebook

November 10, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Here they go again. The River Hill and Mount Hebron boys soccer teams will play for the Class 2A South region championship tonight at 5 p.m. at Howard High.

If you like soccer, don't miss it, because if the past three meetings between these teams are any indication, then this will be another fantastic game.

Many countians consider this the real state championship game, because the winner often wins the state title. River Hill easily won the state championship game last season over Easton, 5-1.

Winning the regional title was a lot tougher than winning states last season. River Hill defeated Mount Hebron, 4-3, but only after the Tom Wunk-led Vikings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie. Adom Crew, who scored a hat trick, then headed in the winning goal.

Each of the last three meetings has been decided by one goal. Earlier this season, the Vikings defeated River Hill, 2-1, and knocked the No. 4-ranked Hawks from their No. 1 Baltimore metro ranking and from the national rankings. The win was even more impressive because it was at River Hill. And it gave Mount Hebron its first county championship.

Mount Hebron goalkeeper Greg Peters was the difference in that game -- particularly with his diving stop of a Crew blast in the second half.

Both teams have one loss. No. 3-ranked Mount Hebron (14-1-1) lost to McDonogh, 3-0, on opening day. Its only other blemish was a 0-0 tie with Centennial, when the Eagles packed it back the entire game.

River Hill (16-1) has won two straight regional titles since the school opened in 1996. Hawks coach Bill Stara, the former Centennial coach, has coached teams to seven straight regional titles. Mount Hebron and its coach, Scott Conroy, have never won a regional championship.

So far in the regionals, River Hill, the ninth-seeded team in a nine-school region, has outscored Centennial, McDonough and Lackey by a combined 17-1. Mount Hebron has outscored Central and Long Reach, 6-1.

River Hill-Centennial girls

In the second half of tonight's doubleheader at Howard, the River Hill (13-3) girls meet Centennial (10-6) at 7 p.m.

River Hill defeated Centennial Oct. 20, 3-2, in double overtime on a 25-yard goal by Krista Killian.

'Cats, Scorpions on road

Two other boys soccer teams will vie for regional soccer titles today.

Defending Class 3A state champion Wilde Lake (10-4) travels to Salisbury's Wicomico County Stadium for a 6 p.m. contest with James. M. Bennett. In case of rain, the game will be played tomorrow.

The No. 8-ranked Wildecats, who start seven sophomores, have beaten Broadneck, 2-1, and Northeast, 4-0, to reach the finals.

Oakland Mills (14-2) faces a Poolesville squad that knocked the Scorpions from the Class 1A South region playoffs in the quarterfinals last season. It was a 1-0 overtime defeat at Oakland Mills.

The fifth-seeded and No. 5-ranked Scorpions must travel to second-seeded Poolesville for today's 7 p.m. regional championship.

Football playoffs

For the second straight season, two county football teams have made the state playoffs.

Defending Class 3A state champion Wilde Lake squeaked in as the No. 8 seed by virtue of its 56-27 win over Howard Friday, Linganore's 40-13 loss to Urbana Friday and Poly's 13-12 win over City Saturday.

The Wildecats play Eastern Tech at Kenwood High at 7: 30 p.m. in the quarterfinals Friday as they shoot for their sixth state title.

Oakland Mills made the Class 1A playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind top-seeded Hereford. The Scorpions host Bo Manor at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Holshue coaches All-Stars

Centennial football coach Ed Holshue will coach the Baltimore Metro Senior All-Stars representing Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties against the Baltimore City/MIAA All-Stars in a Dec. 5 game at Towson State. Game time is 6 p.m.

Musselman honored

Region XX Coach of the Year Steve Musselman will take his Howard Community College cross country team to nationals Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

He has six runners who earned All-Region honors among Division 3 schools, including Rob Hicks, Chris Oxford, Nathan Hornburg, Seth Geoghegan, Mike Brosenne and John Thomas.

Pub Date: 11/10/98

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