Friends completes drive with win over St. Paul's

2-0 victory is rewarded with `B' soccer title

November 06, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

After narrowly missing the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference boys soccer playoffs last season, Friends made no mistake when it reached the postseason this season.

With six returning starters, the Quakers came away with a 2-0 win over St. Paul's in yesterday's conference championship game at Archbishop Spalding in Severn.

After a scoreless first half, Sam Owen scored midway through and Kyle Harrison added an insurance goal with four minutes left to capture the crown. Josh Pincus-Sokoloff finished with seven saves to record the shutout.

Owen found the upper corner after running onto a cross sent in by Nick Foster.

The Quakers avenged two shutout losses to St. Paul's -- 1-0 and 3-0 -- during the regular season.

"It was pretty exciting because we had not scored on St. Paul's this season," said Friends coach Doug DeSmit. "The season has been a culmination of a three-year process. We've been putting things together little by little and really have a program established."

After a 9-6-1 mark a year ago, the Quakers finished at 13-3-3 this season. It's the second straight runner-up finish for St. Paul's, which lost, 1-0, to St. Mary's last fall.

Class 4A North

No. 9 Dulaney 5, Patterson 2: Junior Jonathan Newton provided two goals and an assist in the Lions' win over Patterson. After a 1-1 tie at the half, Dulaney erupted for four goals in the second 40 minutes to advance.

Perry Hall 2, Parkville 1: Jamie Flynn scored one goal and assisted on the other to give Perry Hall a 2-0 lead. After Parkville got within one on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left, goalie Matt Barrett (eight saves) and the Gators' defense did the rest.

Class 3A North

Franklin 2, Dundalk 0: Matt Schuster and Andy Weymont scored the goals and the Indians' midfield and defense played a strong game in front of keeper Andy Schuster to dominate Dundalk.

Class 3A East

No. 1 River Hill 7, Annapolis 0: Seven different players scored goals for the defending state-champion Hawks, who took a 3-0 halftime lead to roll past the visiting Panthers. The Hawks will meet South River on Tuesday in the region final.

South River 2, Long Reach 1: Jake Iverson's goal midway through the second half, on an assist from Brian King, proved to be the game-winner for the Seahawks. Senior goalie Chris Phillips turned back 15 shots to preserve the win.

Class 2A North

Hereford 4, Towson 1: Sophomore Blake Gunther scored twice to send the Bulls to Tuesday's region final. Defense dominated a scoreless first half before Gunther and Co. got Hereford's offense working as it took a 2-0 lead to take charge.

Class 2A South

No. 12 Centennial 3, Hammond 0: Dave Lane and Greg White both chipped in a goal and an assist as the Eagles scored all three goals in the first half. Paul Krausman finished with seven saves to earn the shutout.


No. 1 Centennial 3, No. 6 Mount Hebron 0: Lindsay Feller had 12 kills and Amanda Olsen nine to lead the Eagles, who improved to 13-2 for the season. Kim Emrich went 15-for-16 serving with two aces.

No. 12 Towson 3, No. 14 Catonsville 1: Marie Desmarais had nine kills and Ashley Windisch had seven to lead Towson (13-3) over the Comets (11-3), 14-16, 15-9, 15-11, 15-7, in a Class 2A North Region first-round game.

The Generals will play at Poly at 4 p.m. Monday in a quarterfinal match.

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