Soccer teams have shot at first repeat, 3-title fall Howard notebook

November 13, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For the second straight year, three Howard County soccer squads have won regional titles.

Class 3A Wilde Lake, Class 2A River Hill and Class 1A Oakland Mills all won their championship games Tuesday. They have a chance to accomplish something unprecedented, if they all win state titles. No county has ever had three state title winners in one season in back-to-back years.

Last season, Class 3A Wilde Lake, Class 2A River Hill and Class 1A Glenelg all won state titles -- only the second time one county has had three state champs.

River Hill defeated Mount Hebron 3-1 Tuesday in a tense game seen by a lot of people at Howard High. Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake had it a lot tougher. They survived the scariest of all soccer endings -- the shootout.

No. 8-ranked Wilde Lake (11-4), which starts seven sophomores, three juniors, and one senior, defeated James M. Bennett in Salisbury, 3-2. The Wildecats' Ian Rodway and Bobby Ratcliffe scored in the game's first five minutes.

"Then we went on a mental walk-about," said Wildecats coach Dave Nesbitt. Bennett scored in the 38th and 76th minutes, and Wilde Lake missed four clear scoring opportunities.

When the game went to penalty kicks, Wilde Lake didn't miss. Bennett missed one PK, and Wildecats goalkeeper Jeff Bright saved four.

The Wildecats play Thomas Stone at Magruder tonight.

Winning was tougher for No. 5-ranked Oakland Mills (15-2) at Poolesville. The Scorpions had an inclination things might be tough when the bus driver got lost three times and the trip to northern Montgomery County took 2 1/2 hours.

"Then we saw their field, and it was 22 yards wider than ours," said Scorps coach Don Shea, whose team lives or dies on corner kicks and long throw-ins. "And they were starting nine seniors."

Worse, Poolesville scored in the second minute. But Oakland Mills' Brian Grund answered 30 seconds later following a corner kick that bounced off two defenders.

In PKs, Oakland Mills was down one shot going into the final two shots. Grahm Hawkes and Victor Berndt made their chances, and Poolesville's goalkeeper shanked his attempt. Sudden death.

Oakland Mills' Steve Blakely, Glenn Hayman and Jeremy Catlin, made their three, but Poolesville missed its third on goalkeeper Chris Ebeling's diving save.

To win its state-record ninth state title, the Scorpions must do what no other Oakland Mills team has done, win 17 games in a season, starting with Crisfield tonight.

Chapelgate wins MIAA C

Chapelgate Christian's boys soccer team averaged 3.14 goals a game this fall. That's pi in mathematical terminology.

"And we had a pie of a season," said Flames coach Rob Van Ness.

The Flames (16-5 overall, 12-2 league) completed their best season last Saturday by defeating Glenelg Country School in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's C Conference title game at Johns Hopkins, 3-1.

The Flames recorded their most wins ever and won their second straight MIAA title.

"Defense was definitely our bread and butter," Van Ness said of his team, which gave up only six goals in its last dozen games.

Leading that defense was senior goalkeeper Steve Lippert, who made 91 saves in 21 games. The sweeper was junior Matt Trail. Fullbacks included seniors Joe Routh, Mike Tigert and Mark Dever. The stoppers were juniors Dave Cahill and Jon Bennett.

Ben Byrd's 17 goals and five assists led the offense. Midfielder Chris Davidson scored 13 goals and made nine assists.

All-State countians

The 1998 Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer All-State boys team named Monday includes 11 county players:

First team: Adom Crew, Elliott Marquis, River Hill; Pete Lindahl, Matt Midura, Mount Hebron; Ian Rodway, Wilde Lake.

Second-team: Greg Peters, Matt White, Mount Hebron; Randal Brown, River Hill; Jeremy Catlin, Oakland Mills.

Honorable mention: Trevor Shea, Oakland Mills; Michael Dello-Russo, Wilde Lake.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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