Glenelg too tough for Catoctin in 4-0 win

Athletic Gladiators capture South region championship, play Sparrows Point next

Girls 1A soccer

High schools

November 11, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

This was a mismatch from the start.

Glenelg used its superior skills and athleticism to defeat Catoctin, 4-0, last night in the girls soccer Class 1A South region championship at Howard.

The Gladiators will meet Sparrows Point at 3 p.m. Saturday in the second game of the state semifinal doubleheader at Howard.

Glenelg, which won the Class 1A/2A title two years ago in its only other state tournament appearance, outshot the Cougars, 26-4, and got goals from four players.

Senior Kelly Renfro scored in the fourth minute, and a header by junior Ashley Hall in the eighth minute provided a 2-0 halftime lead.

Junior Jen Fields scored six minutes into the second half, and sophomore Lindsay Lewis' header off a Fields corner kick with 22 minutes remaining finished the scoring.

"We were mentally and physically ready for this game," said Fields. "We had a lot of confidence. We came in expecting them to be just as good."

Catoctin (9-7-1) entered the game with its best record since coach Kathy Stinefelt took over seven years ago. But the Cougars just didn't have the players to compete.

Glenelg (9-7-1) recognized its advantage after the two early goals and lost its intensity.

"We leveled off," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams.

Said Renfro: "We started out strong, but it's hard to stay mentally in the game if you're not being challenged."

Williams tried to rekindle that desire at halftime.

"We talked about regaining our intensity and to score a goal early to take the edge off the game," said Williams.

Glenelg got the quick second-half goal Williams wanted in an interesting way.

Fields hit a soft shot that goalie Kim Mills easily saved. The only problem was that she was behind the line.

"We were fortunate that ball she caught was past the line," Williams said. "[The referee] was right on the line. We've taken a lot of shots this year and some have been unlucky. We finally got a lucky one."

Glenelg played a lot of long balls from the middle against Catoctin. It had plenty of opportunities to score, but rushed too many shots.

"We didn't finish as well as we would have liked, but I'll take four goals in any game," Williams said.

The Gladiators won their region semifinal, 6-0, and they know tougher games are ahead.

"If we want to keep playing, we're going to have to play better," Renfro said. "We'll have to keep up our pace and play the game I know we can play."

Said Williams: "We scouted Sparrows Point and they're for real. They played Parkville, which is ranked, and Hereford, which is ranked, to one-goal games. They're for real, and we saw that [Tuesday] night.

"They're a good team. They have some good players. From what we saw, we view it as a 50-50 game right now. We're going to have to play well for 80 minutes to go to the final."

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