Arundel overwhelms Old Mill

Wilkerson's hat trick powers Wildcats past No. 10 Patriots, 6-3

Girls soccer

High School

October 12, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

After colliding with goalie and teammate Katie Wagner before the game, Arundel sophomore forward Alli Wilkerson spent much of warm-ups trying to work out the pain in her lower back.

By the time the Wildcats' game against 10th-ranked Old Mill started, it became clear that the repair job had worked. A speedy Wilkerson scored a hat trick and senior Jessica Upchurch added a goal and three assists to lead the host Arundel girls soccer team to a key 6-3 win over the resilient Patriots yesterday at Carroll Field.

"Not playing never crossed my mind," said Wilkerson, who has 14 goals. "It was something I had to block out because it would get to me if I didn't."

The win, which improves the sixth-ranked Wildcats to 10-2 overall and 8-1 in Anne Arundel County, puts Tom Degner's squad in the driver's seat for clinching a berth in the county championship game opposite Severna Park.

"It was a big win, but we still have to beat Broadneck in our last game," said Degner, whose team will play the Bruins on Thursday.

The Wildcats fell behind 1-0 nearly eight minutes in, when Patriots senior Kelly Roberts capitalized on a cross by Lauren Sacchetti and Arundel's failure to clear the ball, beating Wagner (five saves). But the rest of the first half belonged to Wilkerson.

Just two minutes later, the sophomore answered Roberts' goal, by sending a rising shot over the head of Old Mill goalie Chrissy Parks (eight saves). The shot hit the bottom of the cross bar and bounced in. At the 11:12 mark, Wilkerson worked a give-and-go in the box with senior midfielder Sara Adcock, before beating Parks again up high for her second goal.

After a wild last two minutes of the first half, where Wildcats senior Casey Russell and Patriots freshman Lauren Carrier traded goals, Wilkerson completed her hat trick just three minutes after intermission. She was left alone, and Upchurch found her at the far post to give the Wildcats a 4-2 lead.

"They are very dangerous up front," Degner said of Wilkerson and Upchurch. "Both of them really can put the ball in the net."

The Patriots, 9-2 overall and 7-2 in the country, cut the lead to 4-3 as junior forward Vicky Schittone picked up a loose ball and put it into a vacated Arundel net with 13 minutes to play.

"Giving up six goals is a lot, and I am disappointed in that, but we kept fighting," said Old Mill coach Vern Hines. "We are walking away from this game proud."

The Patriots' comeback was thwarted, thanks to late second-half goals by senior Rachel Moreland and Upchurch.

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