Glenelg cranks up offense for 4-0 victory

Team will face Williamsport in state championship game

Class 1A girls soccer

High schools

November 14, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sometimes Glenelg's Lyndsay Lewis played forward, sometimes left halfback. All the time she played aggressive, heads-up soccer -- the kind that wins state championships.

Glenelg scored more goals than in any game this season, and Lewis and forward Katie Kirley produced most of it during yesterday's 4-0 state Class 1A semifinal victory over Sparrows Point at Howard High.

But the Gladiators (10-5-1) also received strong efforts from midfielder Kelly Renfro and defender Erin Edell, as they moved closer to their second state title. Their only state championship was in 1997.

Glenelg will play Williamsport in the state title game at UMBC either Thursday, Friday or Saturday at a time to be announced.

Lewis, a sophomore who played sweeper most of the season until coach Mike Williams decided he needed help scoring goals for the playoffs, scored twice, including the game's first goal in the fourth minute.

Her well-struck header finished a perfect long cross from the right side by Kirley.

That was to be the only goal for the next 62 minutes against a Sparrows Point (9-6) squad that was thoroughly dominated and outshot, 34-2.

"We've been terrible at finishing this year," Williams said. "We haven't scored more than three goals in any previous game."

An unsuccessful three-shot flurry from point-blank range with 17: 25 left in the first half frustrated Williams, as did a long throw that crossed the entire goal line untouched by two well-positioned Glenelg players.

"I wasn't in a panic mode, but I wished we had scored another goal sooner," Williams said.

Sparrows Point freshman goalkeeper Caroline Pace made 18 saves, but most were easy ones off balls struck right at her. She played hesitantly at times and dropped several balls that she had to retrieve.

Glenelg's second goal, in the 66th minute, was a ball that momentarily popped out of Pace's hands, and Kirley quickly headed it in before Pace could retrieve it.

Then Lewis made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute on an uncontested kick from 10 yards out.

"We played better tonight than we have most of our games," Lewis said. "We've pumped it up for the playoffs."

Sparrows Point coach Terry Walls said: "Glenelg wanted it more than we did. The best team definitely won, but this is the furthest we've ever been in the playoffs, so I'm proud of my team."

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