Howard County dominates, wins two championships Centennial, Hammond cruise, N. Carroll falls

Girls soccer

November 22, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A photo of the Hammond-Williamsport girls soccer game that appeared in the sports section in some editions Sunday showed Hammond's Melissa Workman and Williamsport's Kaci Resav. Workman was incorrectly identified in the caption.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The Centennial Eagles, who ended the regular season on a three-game losing streak, ended the postseason last night on a five-game winning streak and with a state championship.

The Eagles, combining solid defense and an opportunistic offense, defeated Middletown of Frederick County, 2-0, for the Class 2A state title at North County High School. Centennial has been in six state tournaments and won five (1991-92, 1994-95, '98), more than any other team in the state.


Centennial was able to shut down Middletown all-state forward Anne Rieser, who has 25 goals.

Senior Kim Paulus, who had never played defense until two games ago, stayed with Rieser the entire game. And midway through the second half, Centennial coach Mike Senisi moved Mandy Zachmann to sweeper and had Carolyn Schmid join Paulus to double-team Rieser.

"That's there go-to player," Senisi said. "If we shut down her we'd have a good chance of shutting down their offense."

Meanwhile, Centennial's opportunistic offense was at it again. The Eagles (13-6) took only five shots in the game, three in the first half, but scored on their first two.

Centennial's Jane Williams took the ball down the right sideline and crossed it into the middle. Fellow senior Stacie Tokasz controlled it, and the ball bounced toward Maggie Via who left-footed it in.

Class 1A

Hammond, which had won three of its four playoff games in shootouts, needed no dramatics yesterday in the Class 1A state championship game against Williamsport.

Instead, all the fourth-ranked Golden Bears (17-1-1) did was score. And score. And score some more.

Junior forward Katie Fink found the net six minutes into the game, and Hammond was on its way to a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats of Washington County at North County High School.

"This is great," said Hammond goalkeeper Lindsey Mitchell, who, with two other teammates, left immediately for Raleigh, N.C., where her club team was playing in a tournament. "We had to go through a lot to get here. We had four close ones."

Fink, who came off the bench in every game this season but the final two, collected a nice through pass from junior midfielder Martha Bielefeld and scored left-footed from 20 yards into an open net.

Michelle Jenkins scored her team-high 11th goal of the season 9: 33 into the game and Hammond was on its way.

Class 4A

Laney Rosin converted a penalty kick with 32 minutes left to lift Montgomery County's Wootton (18-1-1) to a 2-1 victory over Severna Park (18-2).

Class 3A

North Carroll, which ran off a 10-1-2 spree to reach the state finals, had its victory crusade end with a tough 2-1 loss to Leonardtown of St. Mary's County.

Leonardtown (17-2) survived the physical contest, scoring the game-winner on senior Gwen Smith's indirect kick with just under five minutes remaining.

North Carroll (11-6-2) was hampered by the loss of senior sweeper Kellyn Hentz, who was hurt midway through the first half.

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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