Loch Raven earns third state trip Raiders put away Towson, 4-1, for 2A North crown

Girls soccer

November 12, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Loch Raven advanced to the state semifinals for the third straight year with a 4-1 victory over Towson in the Class 2A North championship last night.

The No. 13-ranked Raiders (14-3-1) will meet Frederick County's Middletown in a 7: 30 semifinal tomorrow night at Howard High. Loch Raven, which won state crowns in 1993 and 1996, lost 1-0 to River Hill in last year's semifinal.

Last night, Morgan Clute scored two goals, including the game winner in the 33rd minute, and Anne Mobley had a goal and an assist for the hosts.

Although the Raiders led 2-0 at halftime, coach Debby Konschak said Towson gave the Raiders a tougher game than expected.

"Towson was hard to the ball, extremely aggressive," said Konschak, "and they never backed off any ball. We had some beautiful combinations, but we just didn't finish. Towson was always there to block it."

Sweeper Jessica Ruter and goalie Christen Bradley (11 saves) led the Generals' defense. Kate Lannon scored Towson's goal.

Raiders goalkeeper Nicole Oppitz made nine saves, one of them a penalty kick attempt by Amanda Noyes in the second half.

Bel Air takes 4A North, topping Dundalk, 4-0

Jen Parker, Kristi Eyler, Jess Levy and Jenn Yannella each scored for No. 6-ranked Bel Air (15-1-2) in a 4-0 win over Dundalk for the Class 4A North region title yesterday.

The Bobcats, whose only other trip to the final four came two years ago, will meet North Carroll in a state semifinal at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday at Sherwood High in Montgomery County.

Parker scored on an assist from Emily Neubeck in the 20th minute, but Dundalk held off the Bobcats until Eyler made it 2-0 four minutes into the second half.

"It really took us a while to get into the game," said Bel Air coach Bill Zimmerman, "but the difference was we just outhustled them. In the second half, we came out and stepped it up."

Autumn Johnson had 12 saves for the Owls.

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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