Perry Hall tops Parkville, 1-0, for extra-sweet win

McKew's goal redemption for Gators in North final

Class 4A girls soccer

High School

November 07, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Perry Hall's girls soccer team finally countered Parkville's perennial playoff magic with a little magic of its own last night.

Brittany McKew scored the only goal of the game with two seconds left in the first half to give the No. 7 Gators a 1-0 victory in the Class 4A North Regional championship at Perry Hall. The Gators' defense did everything else, holding off a furious challenge by the Knights throughout the second half.

The win was particularly satisfying for the Gators (14-0-1) because the No. 15 Knights (11-2) had beaten them the previous two years in regional play. Last season, the Gators tied the score with time running out in regulation, only to lose in a shootout.

"Because they beat us the last couple years, we wanted it more," said sophomore defender Kristin Gauvin, whose team won the regular-season meeting, 3-1. "I'm so excited, because I'm young and we're going to do it again next year. But we're really happy because we wanted to win for our seniors."

The Gators, the only unbeaten team in The Sun's Top 15, advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 1998. They will meet Eleanor Roosevelt later this week at a time and site to be determined.

Last night, the Knights could not have done much more in the second half. They put constant pressure on the Gators' defense, and took nine good shots.

"It's hard just to know that we dominated the game and we couldn't finish," said Knights coach Lori Brewer. "There are games we can score five goals after being down by one. There's no answer for it."

McKew's goal came off a header from Erin Taylor. After a Gators throw-in, it appeared the Knights would clear the ball easily, but their attempt sailed right to Taylor.

"One of their players flicked it out," Taylor said, "and I knew the best thing to do was head it. I headed it in and Brittany was there to react to it."

The second half was all Gators defense as the Knights controlled most of the entire 40 minutes and set up many fine scoring opportunities.

Perry Hall keeper Catherine Vecchione made six of her eight saves in the half, and marking backs Gauvin and Allie Barreiro continued to shut down the Knights' top guns, Sheree Geroux and Missy Rumbley.

In the 59th minute, Vecchione handled perhaps the closest call, batting off the crossbar Stacy Anastasia's high shot off a restart. Courtney Wernick also had a couple of high shots that Vecchione grabbed.

"We have to give our defense all the credit in the world. They're just awesome," Taylor said. "Kristin Gauvin and Kristen Townsley won't give up anything and, if they accidentally do, Ashley Carroll is right there to fill in."

Class 3A

Franklin 1, Dulaney 0: Sara McCallam scored on a Brandi Sproul pass 12:05 into the first half, and the Indians (10-6-1) held off a late rally by the Lions (10-5) to win their first regional championship.

Franklin advances to the state semifinals, where it will take on the winner between Northern-Calvert and Leonardtown-Westlake.

"The kids were really prepared and executed our game plan well. They played very aggressively and it paid off for them," said Franklin coach George Wagner.

Dulaney's best chance to score came late in the second half. However, it was continually turned away by a Franklin defense that registered its sixth shutout of the season.

Class 1A

Loch Raven 1, Sparrows Point 0: A late goal by Ali Kiernan boosted the Raiders (11-4) to the regional championship over Sparrows Point.

With less than five minutes to play, Kiernan fired a right-footed shot that deflected off a defender, off the crossbar and into the goal to secure Loch Raven's eighth shutout of the season.

Loch Raven will face the winner of the 1A South final between Catoctin and Poolesville.

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