River Hill cruises, 4-0, earns chance at 3rd state title in row

Class 3A boys soccer

High Schools

November 13, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

ROCKVILLE -- A state championship three-peat is just one step away from reality for the No. 1-ranked River Hill Hawks boys soccer team.

Led by Todd Tedrow and Adom Crew, the Hawks defeated Bethesda's Walter Johnson, 4-0, in the Class 3A state semifinals last night at Magruder High in Montgomery County.

River Hill (17-1), a squad that has played close to perfection all season while dominating game after game, had little problem wearing down the Wildcats (15-4).

"Everybody can play 20 or 30 minutes of soccer, but the question is whether you can play 90 minutes," River Hill coach Bill Stara said. "We wear you down. I played 22 kids today."

Walter Johnson hung in the game for 40 minutes, trailing only 1-0 at halftime, but Crew scored off a short pass from Tedrow in the 46th minute, and the game was as good as over.

Tedrow put in the first goal from 10 yards off a beautiful pass from Crew in the third minute. Tedrow has 10 goals and six assists; Crew has 14 goals and 17 assists.

"They were a good, hustling team that gave us a battle in the midfield," said Tedrow. He also set up Greg Hinkle's goal in the 66th minute, three minutes after Josh Price banged home a loose ball from in front of the goal.

This is the fourth season since River Hill opened, and the Hawks have won back-to-back state titles and lost in the finals once.

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