Parkville flips Bowie, moves on to 4A final

No. 11 Knights win, 2-0, will meet Westminster

Girls soccer

High schools

November 14, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Parkville junior midfielder Rachel Smith does several handstand flips every time the Knights win.

She had plenty of reason to flip last night, as junior forward Kristen Habicht and senior midfielder Stephanie Curnoles each scored a goal to lead No. 11 and North Region champion Parkville to a 2-0 victory over South Region champion Bowie in a Class 4A state semifinal at Severna Park.

The 14-2-1 Knights, who had never won a regional title or been to a state semifinal until this year, will meet Westminster in the state championship game at UMBC next week.

Parkville coach Bryan Rothstein was breathless after being mobbed by his players, who dumped a cooler of ice water on him.

"It's a dream," he said. "I'm speechless. This team didn't want to go down, and they didn't."

Sophomore goalkeeper Heather Rock, who made eight saves for the shutout, said the team had exceeded its original goal of winning the regionals.

"To push it this far feels great," she said.

Bowie (11-4-1) never seriously threatened the Knights, who didn't wait long to tally a score.

In the 16th minute of the first half, Smith headed a ball that split two Bowie defenders and ended up on the left foot of Habicht. Her kick caromed off the hands of Bulldogs senior goalie Christine Tudja and into the net.

In the 17th minute of the second half, Parkville sophomore back Stacy Anastasia sent a free kick from 35 yards away that Tudja initially caught. But the ball slipped from her grasp, and Curnoles was perched on the doorstep for the easy rebound goal.

Class 1A

Glenelg 4, Sparrows Point 0: Sometimes Glenelg's Lyndsay Lewis played forward. Sometimes she played left halfback. All the time she played aggressive, heads-up soccer -- the style 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 state 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, among a host of others, as they moved closer to their second state title. Their only state championship so far was in 1997.

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.

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

-- Rick Belz

Championships

Boys soccer

Class 4A

Dulaney vs. Churchill

Class 3A

River Hill vs. Fallston

Class 2A

Mount Hebron vs. J.M. Bennett

Class 1A

Oakland Mills vs. Williamsport

Girls soccer

Class 4A

Westminster vs. Parkville

Class 3A

River Hill vs. Eastern Tech

Class 2A

Loch Raven vs. Middletown

Class 1A

Glenelg vs. Williamsport

-- Dates, times and locations TBA

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