Geroux's 4 goals lead Parkville past Franklin

Girls soccer

October 03, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Despite having played soccer nearly her entire life, when Parkville junior striker Sheree Geroux entered high school, she thought she would give cross country a try.

"My older sister was a good runner, so I had to follow in her footsteps," Geroux said. "But soccer is my passion. We would run around the soccer field, and I would think, `I want to play.' I played for my club team, but it wasn't enough. I had to play more."

Two years later, she is now the Knights' leading scorer. Yesterday afternoon, Geroux scored four goals and assisted on one to lead Parkville to a 5-3 victory over No. 13 Franklin in a Baltimore County Division I game in Reisterstown.

"Sheree has been a gift," said Parkville coach Lori Brewer, whose team won its sixth straight. "She's a wonderful player, and she works hard defensively as well as offensively. I have to give her a lot of credit. She earned every one of them."

Although Parkville allowed more goals yesterday than it had in its first seven games combined, the Knights (7-1, 3-0 league) have now outscored their opponents 33-5 this season. Geroux has 10 goals and four assists, while fellow junior striker Melissa Rumbley has seven goals and seven assists.

Down 1-0, Geroux scored her first goal in the 19th minute after Parkville sophomore Courtney Wernick flicked a header off a throw-in to the middle of the penalty box. volleyed the ball from 13 yards to tie the score, 1-1. Three minutes later, she made it 2-1 when she belted a high shot, again out of midair, from outside the penalty box on the left side.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Geroux completed the hat trick into an unguarded net after senior defender Stacey Anastasia's free kick from 10 yards bounced over the head of Franklin keeper Alyson Josephs. Geroux made it 5-2 in the 57th minute after taking a feed from Rumbley.

Franklin's Brandi Sproul scored the prettiest goal of the day when she curled a corner kick inside the far post in the 76th minute, but it only served to reduce Parkville's final margin of victory. Franklin fell to 3-3-1, 0-1 league.

"We were a step behind on everything, and if you're going to do that, you're going to get run over," Franklin coach George Wagner said. "We were passing the ball to the wrong team."

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