Kirley's kicks squirt Glenelg to OT victory

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Junior scores twice

Gladiators' erase 2-0 deficit vs. Oakland Mills

Class 1A girls soccer

November 03, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Glenelg junior Katie Kirley scored two goals in yesterday's Class 1A South region quarterfinal soccer game at Oakland Mills. Each one made a statement.

The first one, with 4: 34 left in the first half, gave the Gladiators hope. The second one, with 4: 11 left in the second overtime, gave them the game.

Glenelg (7-7-1) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Scorpions, 3-2, in a game that, considering the rain, wind and muddy field, was exciting and well-played.

It was the fourth straight overtime game for Oakland Mills (2-9-4), and fifth in its last six. The Scorpions ended the regular season with ties against Long Reach, Hammond and Centennial -- all teams with winning records.

"We might not be as skilled as they are, but we played right with them," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters. "We played as hard as we could and created opportunities. We just couldn't get that third goal in [after leading 2-0].

"It was a great game played in horrible conditions," Matters added. "Both teams played really well."

Oakland Mills, which generates much of its offense off corner kicks and long throw-ins by Molly Sunderdick, used corner kicks to score both goals.

Sunderdick, taking a corner from the right side, kick a short ball to Tori Parris. Parris passed back to Sunderdick, who lofted a high, arching shot that got past Glenelg goalie Kelly Jones 17 minutes into the game. Parris made it 2-0 with 10 minutes left in the half when she headed in a corner from Sunderdick.

Six minutes later, Glenelg, which beat Oakland Mills, 3-1, Oct. 4 in a game played in the rain, was back in it.

Junior Jody Renfro gained control of a loose ball in the center of the box and shot toward Oakland Mills goalie Nicole Petro. Kirley, who had slipped to the ground, was just getting up when she tipped the ball in.

"That pumped us up," said senior Kelly Renfro. "It made us realize we could do it."

Added Kirley: "If we didn't have a goal going into halftime I think the outcome would have been different."

Glenelg controlled much of the second half, and Petro saved the Scorpions a few times with outstanding saves. Kelly Renfro tied it with 15: 09 remaining on a head ball off Jen Fields' corner kick.

On the play where Glenelg was awarded the corner kick, Sunderdick was injured and walked slowly off the field. Just seconds after she reached the sideline, Renfro tied the game. Sunderdick returned two minutes later.

Glenelg almost won the game in the first overtime, but Stephanie Howell's direct kick from 26 yards hit the crossbar. The ball bounced out, and Fields took a shot that sailed over the goal.

Kirley scored the game-winner off a scramble to the left of the goal.

"The ball came out and I went for it," Kirley said. "I kicked it as hard as I could and it went in the far post corner."

Petro got her hands on the rising, powerfully shot ball, but it was hit too well.

"We have a lot of seniors [seven] on this team and we weren't ready for the season to end," said Kelly Renfro. "We played with our hearts."

Said Glenelg coach Mike Williams: "They overcame being down 2-0 in terrible weather. They showed character."

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