Perry Hall breaks hex of Parkville

Gators trip '99-00 spoilers for division crown, 3-1

Girls soccer

October 17, 2001|By Nathan Max | By Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Nobody has menaced the 15th-ranked Perry Hall girls soccer team in recent years quite like No. 11 Parkville. The Knights have ousted the Gators from the regional playoffs in each of the past two seasons, and they are the only team that has defeated Perry Hall since the start of the 2000 campaign.

But last night, it was finally the Gators' turn to celebrate.

Sophomore Erica Lee had a goal and two assists, sophomore Brittany McKew recorded a goal and an assist and sophomore Ashley Pass scored a goal to lead Perry Hall to a 3-1 victory and the Baltimore County Division I championship on a cold, windy and rainy evening in Perry Hall.

With the victory, the Gators (10-0-1, 7-0) won their ninth straight, broke Parkville's eight-game winning streak and clinched a spot in next Tuesday's county championship game for the first time in school history. The time, location and Perry Hall's opponent are yet to be determined.

FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption in yesterday's high school section incorrectly identified the schools of soccer players Heather Rock and Lori Carpenter. Rock plays for Parkville and Carpenter for Perry Hall. The Sun regrets the error.

"It's so incredible," said McKew, who was on last year's Perry Hall team that lost the 4A North Regional semifinal to Parkville in a heart-rendering penalty kick shootout. "We just had high intensity, and since we lost last year, this was the game we wanted."

Parkville (9-2, 5-1) held a slight edge for much of the first half and took a 1-0 lead in the second minute on junior striker Melissa Rumbley's 10th goal of the year. Perry Hall tied the game in the 14th minute when Lee set up McKew with a perfect feed from the left side of the penalty box.

Parkville, which outshot Perry Hall 5-2 over the opening 39 minutes, kept the pressure on until the Gators suddenly stole momentum for the next 20 minutes. In the 40th minute, goalkeeper Heather Rock made a diving save on a shot by McKew from 15 yards out, but the rebound bounced right to Lee, who kicked it in to give Perry Hall a 2-1 halftime lead.

The Gators then dominated play over the opening 19 minutes of the second half and tacked on a third goal in the 59th minute. Pass received a pass from Lee and her shot deflected off a defender and over Rock. In the 20-minute stretch between Perry Hall's second and third goals, the Gators outshot Parkville 7-0. In the first 39 and final 21 minutes, the Knights outshot Perry Hall 9-2.

"It took us a while to regroup, and then we just didn't get the shots off like we needed," said Parkville coach Lori Brewer, whose team had beaten Perry Hall four straight times. "It's tough playing in these conditions. You get lots of unlucky balls, and we just couldn't finish our game."

Hereford 1, Dulaney 0: Hollis Botti set a Baltimore County girls soccer scoring record when she headed in the game-winner off Tressa DiPasquale's corner kick with seven minutes left. The senior striker now has 77 career goals, breaking the 3-year-old record set by former Bull Melissa Mueller.

If the Bulls (10-2-1, 5-1) can get past Towson tomorrow, they will advance to the county championship game. Hereford's win likely will force a three-way tie for the Division II lead with Dulaney (7-4, 5-1) and Loch Raven (8-4, 6-1).

In that case, the Bulls would get the playoff berth based on a series of tiebreakers. Now, the Bulls are 8-1-1 against public school teams while the Raiders are 8-2 and the Lions 7-3.

Sun staff writer Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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