Eastern Tech captures 1st regional title

Scoring off corner kicks, Mavericks top Franklin, advance to state semis, 3-2

3A girls soccer

High Schools

November 10, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After losing to No. 12 Franklin earlier in the season, Eastern Tech's No. 13 girls soccer team was determined yesterday not to make it two in a row.

The Mavericks dominated Franklin from the start and scored off three corner kicks for a 3-2 victory, lifting them to their first Class 3A North regional crown. They advance to play in a state semifinal game Friday or Saturday.

Kim Baker scored the game-winner in the 57th minute to give the Mavericks a 3-1 lead, as the Mavericks forced the Indians to play catch-up for two-thirds of the game. Valerie Cushing's header off Jaime Stimmel's corner kick 10 minutes before halftime gave the Mavericks the lead, which they kept for all but 11 minutes of the rest of the game.

"We wanted to win so much," said Stimmel, a junior back. "They're a hard team to beat, but we played as a team. Somebody was always there."

The Mavericks (13-2) gained plenty of momentum after their 1-0 upset of then-No. 13 Bel Air in Saturday's region semifinal.

"Why we're winning this year when we weren't last year is that they never really thought they could win before," said Mavericks coach Wendy Butz, whose team lost, 3-2, to Franklin three weeks ago. "Now, they know they can win. They know they're a good team, and now they have the confidence to play up to the big teams."

Yesterday, the host Mavericks, who outshot the Indians 15-9, jumped ahead when Cushing was left open to convert the header off Stimmel's first corner kick.

The Indians (9-2-4) answered within five minutes when a Mavericks defender, trying to clear the ball, shanked it across the box. Casie Hazel crossed it back into the far corner.

Four minutes after the half, the Mavericks pulled ahead 2-1 when Beth Thomas headed a Stimmel corner kick out of a crowd. Eight minutes later, another Stimmel corner kick bounced off a defender before Baker booted it in.

Franklin rallied to pull within 3-2 in the 61st minute when Lindsay Sproul headed in her sister Brandi Sproul's corner kick. The Indians had a chance to tie in the 68th minute, but Mavericks goalie Shannon Markel made a diving snare on Aly Josephs' shot.

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