W. Md. taking on Howard County Williamsport, Middletown teams face stingy Bears, hot Centennial tomorrow

Girls soccer championships

November 20, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Standing in the way of state championships for No. 4-ranked (( Hammond and No. 5 Centennial are two teams from the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

The Golden Bears (16-1-1) play Williamsport (16-1-1) of Washington County at noon tomorrow for the Class 1A championship. At 5 p.m., the Eagles (12-6-0) take on Middletown (18-2-0) of Frederick County for the Class 2A title. Both games will be at North County High School in Ferndale in Anne Arundel County.

Middletown beat Williamsport, 4-0, earlier this season and won the MVAL title for the 11th straight time. For comparison, Hammond defeated Centennial, 3-2, in overtime, and went on to share the Howard County title with River Hill.

Class 1A game

Williamsport, in its fourth year of girls soccer, advanced to the final with a 5-0 win over Havre de Grace. Sophomore Brooke Weimer, the coach's daughter, leads the Wildcats with 23 goals and 17 assists.

"Our goal was to do the best we can," said coach John Weimer, whose team has eight juniors and seven sophomores. "We didn't imagine we'd get this far. Anything that happens from now on is a plus.

"Hammond is a very good team," he said, "and controls the ball well. We know [tomorrow's final] will be tough, but we'll give it our best shot."

Weimer, who had 15 goals and 17 assists as a freshman, is not the only offensive threat. Junior Stephanie Ritchie had three goals against Havre de Grace, and Williamsport has scored six goals this season off throw-ins by sophomore Skyler Sanders.

Coach Weimer is a dietary correction officer at Hagerstown's Maryland Correctional Institute.

"I'm in charge of feeding 1,900 inmates," said Weimer, who starts his job at 2 a.m. and sleeps twice a day around his busy schedule. Weimer also officiates high school and college women's basketball.

Hammond, which has 12 players from the team that lost in the Class 1A-2A state final two years ago, has been winning despite not scoring a lot of goals. In four playoff games, the Golden Bears have scored only five times. They have won three playoff games, including the state semifinal against Snow Hill, by shootout.

Hammond outshot Snow Hill, 34-4, but didn't score.

"We've had a lot of opportunities but didn't take advantage of them," said Michelle Jenkins, who leads Hammond with 10 goals and six assists.

Hammond has 13 shutouts, thanks to a strong defense led by All-State goalkeeper Lindsey Mitchell. The Golden Bears have been in the state tournament five times, returning with championships in 1989 and 1991.

Class 2A game

Middletown graduated 11 seniors from last year's team that lost to South River in a Class 2A-3A state semifinal.

The Knights, who have scored 76 goals and allowed 19 (six shutouts), are led by All-State forward Anne Rieser. Rieser, who plays on the same club team with Centennial players Jane Williams and Alexia Vogler, has 25 goals.

"We have fairly good speed and some good technical ability," said Middletown coach John Miller, whose team advanced with a 1-0 state semifinal win over Loch Raven. "We also have a lot of players with great vision, who can find open people in the field. I think that's our greatest asset."

Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Halse-Stumberg, 5 feet 10, leads the defense. "She's an amazing keeper," Miller said.

Centennial has pushed all the right buttons in the playoffs. The Eagles, who lost three 3-2 overtime games in the regular season, have consecutive one-goal wins over River Hill, 2-1, in the South region final, and South River, 1-0, in the state semifinal.

Goalkeeper Erica Niemann has played well, and the move of seniors Kim Paulus and Mandy Zachmann to defense has paid off for coach Mike Senisi.

"We're working together more and not giving up," said senior Stacie Tokasz, who has four goals and eight assists.

Vogler leads the team with 10 goals and five assists and Williams has nine goals and six assists.

Centennial has won four Class 3A-4A state titles, the last in 1995 when it shared the championship with Severna Park. Middletown won the Class 1A-2A title in 1990.

Pub Date: 11/20/98

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