W. Lake beats No. 2 River Hill in girls soccer


October 03, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Rick Belz | Kevin Van Valkenburg and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake's 2-1 upset of No. 2-ranked River Hill yesterday wasn't just the surprise of the county season so far, it was a story with a subplot seemingly straight from Shakespeare.

For starters, Wilde Lake junior Lynlea Cronin -- who scored a goal and assisted on another -- played for River Hill a year ago, helping the Hawks win a state soccer title. But after dropping out of River Hill's tech magnet program that allows Howard County students to attend schools outside their district, Cronin decided to transfer Wilde Lake, her home school, this season.

And the plot only thickens from there: Cronin's little sister, Aubrey, is a talented freshman forward for River Hill.

"I just hope there's peace in their house tonight," said Wilde Lake coach Marcy Leonard.

"It was a little different, I admit," Cronin said. "But the seniors here had never beaten River Hill and knew this was their last chance. We just came out really excited."

Wilde Lake (4-3 overall, 2-1 county) -- which earned its first victory over the River Hill (6-2, 2-1) under Leonard -- literally took control from the start, jumping out to a 2-0 first-half lead. On the opening kickoff, Cronin dribbled up the sideline and centered a pass to senior Allie Levine, who fired it past Hawks goalkeeper Erin Ferguson for a 1-0 lead 20 seconds in. Cronin scored the second goal off a pass from Kara Shapiro two minutes later.

River Hill got a goal in the second half from Megan Buescher, but the Wildecats clamped down on defense behind midfielder Kelly Thomas, sweeper Julie Hill and goalkeeper Alex King.

Field hockey

No. 7 Long Reach 3, Hammond 2, 2OT: Sherry Epperson scored the game-winning goal against the Bears on an assist from Teresa Coffin with 4:10 left in the second overtime period.

Long Reach (7-2, 3-1 league) needed a goal from Tracey Epperson with five minutes left to send it to overtime.

"We played well the whole game and it's nice to know that they're capable of going against a No. 7 team," said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik, whose team fell to 3-4-1, 1-3. "We had chances in overtime and just couldn't score. Our defense came up big."

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