Broadneck's magic runs out in 1-0 semifinal loss Leonardtown continues its shutout spree

Class 3A girls soccer

November 15, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

SANDY SPRING -- The Cinderella run for Broadneck ended last night, when Leonardtown scored in the third minute of the second half, then withstood a late rush by the Bruins for a 1-0 victory in the state Class 3A semifinals at Sherwood High School.

Cyprian Gillingham, a sophomore who broke the St. Mary's County scoring record with 25 goals and 18 assists, scored in a one-on-one with Broadneck goalkeeper Lori Southard.

The play developed when a kick came out of the middle with a lot of spin on it, and as the sweeper came out to clear, the ball bounced over her head. Gillingham, who has speed to go with her exceptional skills, flew by the defender, one-touched the ball and drove it past Southard from eight yards in front.

Broadneck (4-9-2) had some good runs early in the first half and in the last 10 minutes, but in between Leonardtown (16-2) had the pressure on the Bruins, showing why it had won 15 of its last 16 games and had scored 76 goals. The win over Broadneck was the team's 13th shutout.

The Bruins were at the other end of the spectrum, going 0-7-2 in its first nine games, before getting its only win of the regular season against Southern of Harwood, 2-1.

Coach Jennifer Sweeney's crew, which had spent the season playing tough competition in the county, got through the regional, beating Northern-Calvert, J. M. Bennett in overtime and Northeast.

"We came in here on such a roll, if we could have just played our game," Sweeney said. "They won the head balls and got the loose balls."

Of going scoreless after getting 10 regional goals, Sweeney said, "We weren't finishing, but that becomes tough when you're not winning balls in the middle."

The Bruins got excellent play in back from juniors Cathy Freeberg and Tiffany Limbacker, with the latter kicking several balls out of the goal mouth, and interrupting some Leonardtown thrusts.

Southard did not start at the beginning of the season, because she had a hard time opening up and communicating, Sweeney said. But toward the end, she played a big part for the Bruins.

This is the first year for four separate classifications for girls soccer, and marks the first time either school had been to the state playoffs. In fact, Leonardtown is the first Southern Maryland school to make it this far.

"We've never been past the second round of the regionals and states always seem like something far off and unattainable," said Leonardtown's fifth-year coach Jennifer Henderson.

The Raiders' started with a loss to Bowie, then fashioned 12 straight wins before losing to St. Mary's Rykien, 3-1, in the last game of the regular season.

"Actually, we thought that was the best thing that could have happened because the girls suddenly remembered what it was like to lose," Henderson explained.

The Raiders zipped through their its regional with scores of 4-0, 5-0 and 4-0.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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