Botti ties county scoring mark, boosts Hereford to 3-2 victory

2 goals boost career total to 76, help stop Franklin

Girls soccer

High School

October 09, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Hereford's Hollis Botti didn't waste much time going after the Baltimore County girls soccer career scoring record yesterday.

The All-Metro second-team striker scored her first goal in the 16th minute against Franklin and added another in the 30th to tie the record of 76, set by former teammate Melissa Mueller three years ago.

Still, Botti wasn't as thrilled about matching the record as she was about the 3-2 Baltimore County non-divisional victory over the host Indians.

"Tying the record is exciting," said Botti. "I never thought I'd be able to do it. I didn't even know there was a record until this year. But right now, I'm just trying to win the games for the games and not worry about getting the record."

The senior could break the record this afternoon at Pikesville. She has scored 22 goals each of the past two years. Yesterday, she boosted her season total to 14 as the Bulls (8-1-1) have outscored their opponents 41-6.

"She's tough," said Franklin back Brandi Sproul, who marked Botti during the second half and shut her out. "She's always one step ahead of everything. Just when you think you see the ball, she comes out of nowhere."

Botti positioned herself perfectly for both goals. The first came on a loose bouncer that found her open in the middle of the box. On the second, she headed home Tressa DiPasquali's corner kick.

The Indians (3-6-1) answered Botti's first goal in the 23rd minute. Ashley Harris booted a long looper over the head of Hereford goalie Nikki Buser, who had come out to play an earlier ball.

After Botti's second goal, Mollie Reese gave the Bulls a 3-1 cushion in the 45th minute. The junior halfback made a run down the right side when Indians sweeper Wendy Stahl slipped and fell, leaving an open lane to the goal. After carrying the ball a few more steps, Reese kicked it into the far corner.

The Indians got one back in a 37th-minute counterattack when Harris finished off a precise right-to-left cross from Amber Hale. Franklin didn't get another shot.

"We just played sporadically," said Indians coach George Wagner. "We've got the talent if we could just put it together, but Hereford has a good ball club. They control the ball and they move without the ball and we don't. We don't move into a square position to get ready to get a return pass, where they do that nicely."

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