State soccer finals

High Schools

November 20, 1999

Class 2A boys

No. 5 Mount Hebron (15-3) vs. J. M. Bennett (18-1)

When: 2: 30 p.m. today

Where: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: Bennett features first-team All-State midfielder Chris Ashcraft and second-team All-State forward Lee Austin. The Salisbury team has a short passing offense and solid defense and dominated the Bayside league, losing only to Queen Anne's early in the season, 1-0. Bennett then defeated Queen Anne's twice, including the regional final, 3-0. Bennett defeated another Howard County team, Centennial, 1-0. Mount Hebron, which has outscored its opponents, 58-13, is led by second-team All-State striker David Lechtrecker (26 goals, eight assists) and second-team sweeper Christian Chacon (eight goals, four assists). Goalkeeper Greg Peters (12 shutouts) was first-team All-Met last season. And Matt White is a standout midfielder. The Vikings defeated Queen Anne's in a tournament, 1-0, but played that game a man down. -- Rick Belz

Class 1A boys

No. 2 Oakland Mills (16-1-1) vs. Williamsport (19-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: Oakland Mills seeks its 10th state title and currently holds the state record for titles. First-team All-State sweeper Glenn Hayman and honorable mention All-State goalkeeper Chris Ebeling lead a defense that has 10 shutouts and has not allowed a playoff goal. The Scorpions have outscored their opponents, 54-10. Their only loss was to No. 1 River Hill, 1-0, in overtime. State track sprint champion Kyle Farmer leads the team with 14 goals and has three assists. Jeremy Catlin, second-team All-Met last season, has 10 goals and five assists. Second-team All-State midfielder Trevor Shea has four goals and 15 assists. Brian Grund (nine goals, nine assists) and Steve Blakely (six goals, nine assists) are other scoring threats. Williamsport is led by forwards Carlos Gomez (18 goals, nine assists) and Jason Knicely (18 goals, three assists). Williamsport's only loss was to North Hagerstown, 2-0. They have 13 shutouts. Williamsport won state titles in 1979 and '96. The same teams played in the 1A final last season, with Oakland Mills winning, 4-1. -- Rick Belz

Class 2A girls

No. 11 Loch Raven (14-4-1) vs. Middletown (17-1-1)

When: Noon today

Where: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: The Raiders will be out to avenge last year's 1-0 state semifinal loss, won by Middletown with seven seconds left in the game. The Raiders' timing appears right, because they won state championships in 1993 and '96. Their strength lies in a balanced team and widespread scoring. Junior F Gina Ruocco (13 goals, six assists) and sophomore M Christin Krejcik (eight goals, 12 assists) are the leaders, but seven players have contributed five or more goals. All but 11 of Loch Raven's 66 goals were assisted. The defense, led by sophomore GK Molly Rogers and senior D Meghan Keeny, has seven shutouts, including the 2-0 semifinal win over defending Class 1A champ Hammond. Their Frederick County foes, 1-0 semifinal winners over North Harford, previously won a state title in 1990. The Knights won the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title for the 12th straight year. -- Katherine Dunn

Class 1A girls

Glenelg (10-7-1) vs. Williamsport (18-2)

When: 5 tonight

Where: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: Williamsport lost to Hammond, 6-0, in last year's Class 1A state final, and returns its top two scorers from that team -- senior F Stephanie Ritchie (27 goals, eight assists) and junior M Brooke Weimer (24 goals, 27 assists). Weimer had two goals in the 3-1 state semifinal win over Snow Hill. Senior M Ashley van Norden (13 goals, 20 assists), the team's most improved player, had two assists against Snow Hill. Junior M Skyler Sanders (four goals, eight assists) controls the middle for Williamsport, and four of her assists have come from throw-ins. Senior D Angie McDonald is the only returning defensive starter, and junior GK Becky Pulieri was a JV defender last season before moving into the goal this year. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 37-2, in five playoff games, but they will face their toughest opponent in Glenelg. After beating county-rival Oakland Mills, 3-2, in overtime, the Gladiators have outscored three opponents, 14-0. Glenleg is led offensively by senior M Kelly Renfro (eight goals), junior F Katie Kirley (seven goals, two assists), sophomore M/D Lyndsay Lewis (four goals, two assists), and freshman M Chrissy Starcher (four goals, one assist). -- Stan Rappaport

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