Parkville's title quest ended by Westminster

Komar's goal, two assists send Knights to 3-1 loss

Class 4A girls soccer championship

High Schools

November 19, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The clock struck midnight on Parkville's Cinderella season.

Westminster senior midfielder Mandy Komar dashed the ninth-ranked Knights' hopes of capturing their first state girls soccer crown in school history by scoring a goal and adding two assists to lead the Owls to a 3-1 win in the Class 4A state championship game at UMBC last night.

With the victory, No. 6 Westminster (14-2-1) claimed the school's first state title for girls soccer.

Before this season, Parkville (14-3-1) had never made it past the regional finals. Last night's loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Knights.

"It's just awesome to get this far," said junior forward Kristen Habicht. "I'm very happy with our season."

Added sophomore goalkeeper Heather Rock: "We're the second-best team in the state."

Although many Parkville players broke down in tears after the game, coach Bryan Rothstein said he felt confident that his players would appreciate this season.

"Once everything is said and done and they've slept on it, they'll realize what they have accomplished," Rothstein said. "They didn't understand how good they are. I hope they can see that now."

Both teams applied moderate pressure, but couldn't break through. But with 18: 42 gone in the first half, Komar's direct kick from about 20 yards away deflected off a wall of Knights players and skipped to senior forward Rachel Lindsay.

Lindsay buried a shot past Rock for a 1-0 lead.

Less than 10 minutes later, Komar tucked a shot from about 30 yards away into the top left corner to widen the Westminster lead to 2-0.

Komar said the Owls discovered that they could exploit the Parkville defense by running the outside lanes and crossing the ball back into the center.

"That spread the field, which was huge, and gave us more room," she said. "It opened the gaps in the defense."

The Knights outshot the Owls, 7-5, in the second half, but Westminster made it 3-0 on a well-planned corner kick by Komar and sophomore midfielder Tirza Ridgely.

Ridgely tapped the ball to Komar near the right post, and Komar sent the ball back to Ridgely, who was open from about 20 yards away. Ridgely lofted a shot into the far side for the score with 16: 15 left in the game.

Parkville sophomore midfielder Courtney Schultz spoiled Amy Ridgely's bid for her ninth shutout of the season when she dumped a rebound into the net with 2: 03 left.

Habicht said the Knights couldn't contain Komar, an All-State first-team selection.

"She was great," Habicht said. "She had an eye for every open player on her team."

Rock said Parkville didn't play with as much intensity as it did in a 2-0 victory over Bowie in the state semifinals on Saturday.

"I think we could've played better," Rock said. "We didn't play bad, but we didn't play up to our potential."

Rothstein said his team didn't convert several scoring opportunities.

"If we had gotten the first goal, things might have been different," he said.

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