River Hill earns place in 3A title game, 4-0

Franklin also breezes in advancing to final

State girls soccer

November 11, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The River Hill girls soccer team came into last night's Class 3A state semifinal against Urbana thinking about revenge.

The Hawks left thinking about a shot at a third straight state title.

Behind goals from Jamie Goertler, Aubrey Cronin, Jackie Stromberg and Whitney Rhodes, River Hill easily defeated Urbana, 4-0, at South Carroll High School to advance to the state final later this week at UMBC. The Hawks (13-2-3) will face Franklin, which defeated Leonardtown in the other semifinal.

"When we score early, it really boosts our confidence," said Goertler, who scored off a nice spin move in the fourth minute to give River Hill a 1-0 lead. "We have kind of perfected that late in the year."

Urbana, which earlier this season ended River Hill's 29-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory, was overrun by the Hawks' crisp passing. Cronin scored off a pass by Elyssa Baker just before halftime, and Stromberg and Rhodes tacked on two more, as the Hawks ran away with it in the second half.

"I think we enjoyed a little edge mentally for revenge tonight," said River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley. "We are playing pretty well right now. Getting this far was pretty tough, and I am pretty proud of them right now."

Franklin 3, Leonardtown 0: Sophomore forward Ashley Harris scored twice and assisted on a third goal to help the Indians (11-6-1) advance to their first-ever state final with a win over the Raiders (13-3) at South Carroll.

Franklin played without leading scorer Martha Mitchell, who was participating in a family wedding, and got only nine shots to Leonardtown's 22. But Harris was the difference, scoring in the 26th minute and again in the 49th minute off a header. She also assisted on Franklin's last goal, a header by Meghan Higgins in the 65th minute.

Leonardtown endured a scary moment late in the game when goalkeeper Michelle Mattingly was kicked in the head and temporarily lost consciousness. She was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. No further details were released about her condition.

Class 4A

No. 7 Perry Hall 1, Eleanor Roosevelt 0: Lori Carpenter's header off Brittany McKew's corner kick 15 minutes into the second half lifted the Gators (14-0-1) to their second trip to the state final.

Perry Hall, which lost in the 1995 title game, will play Thomas Johnson, a 2-1 overtime winner over Watkins Mill, later this week in the state final at UMBC.

"It was another tremendous defensive performance," said Perry Hall coach Brad Kressman, citing the play of Ashley Carroll, Allie Barreiro, Kirsten Gauvin and Kristen Townsley. "And goalie Catherine Vecchioni came up very big when she had to."

Eleanor Roosevelt (13-1) outshot the Gators 10-7, but Vecchioni recorded 10 saves.

Class 2A

No. 8 Centennial 1, James M. Bennett 0: Lauren Tutko scored 2:12 into the game, and the Eagles (14-3-1) made that goal stand up against the Clippers (18-1) in reaching a state final for the sixth time.

Centennial, which has won five state titles (its last in 1998), will play Bethesda-Chevy Chase, a winner over Eastern Tech. The state final will be played later this week at UMBC.

The Eagles dominated most of the game, outshooting James M. Bennett, 14-1.

"We came into the game focused because of their record, and that really helped us," said Centennial freshman Hayley Siegel.

Tutko's goal came off a long ball sent into the box from Mandy Paizs. The ball went off keeper Kathleen Rommel and Tutko put it away.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2, Eastern Tech 1: The Mavericks (13-5), a state finalist two years ago, were unable to get back to the championship game, losing in the semifinals at Atholton to the highly skilled Barons.

"They controlled the midfield, and that's where they generated their shots," said Eastern Tech coach Brett Smith.

Bethesda Chevy-Chase (13-2), which started five freshmen, has won eight straight and allowed 10 goals all season. It scored in the 22nd minute off a quick restart by center midfielder Natasha Mann to striker Veronica Temple, who finished the play.

Laura Shearer missed a penalty kick five minutes later for Eastern Tech, but Erika Stimmel tied it at 1 by cleaning up after a muff by Bethesda-Chevy Chase goalkeeper Mary Creighton in the 59th minute.

Barons center midfielder Lily Hitchner won the game with her left-footed shot over the goalkeeper in the 64th minute.

"We got further than anyone expected," Smith said. "And with only two senior starters, we should be back."

Class 1A

Loch Raven 1, Catoctin 1: After a tie in double overtime, senior keeper Molly Rogers made two clutch saves to secure a 4-3 victory in penalty kicks for the Raiders (12-4) over the Cougars (10-6-1) in the state semifinals at Broadneck.

Loch Raven converted four straight penalty kicks by Jen Hild, Nichelle Frock, Ali Kiernan and Christin Krejcik. Rogers blocked Catoctin's third and fifth shots, the latter with a dive to her left, to win it after 100 minutes of play.

The unranked Baltimore County Raiders advanced to the state final for the second time in three years. They will meet Smithsburg, a 5-1 winner over Snow Hill in the second game of the doubleheader at Broadneck, later this week at UMBC in the final.

Loch Raven got an early goal by freshman striker Michelle Frock 16:30 into the game.

Catoctin, of Frederick County, tied the score at 1 on a goal by Lindsey Gladhill with five seconds left in the first half.

Catherine Olsen nearly won it for Catoctin with just under three minutes left in regulation, but her point-blank shot was snuffed on a two-handed leap by Loch Raven defender Robyn Nuttall.

Sun staff writers Kevin Van Valkenburg, Rick Belz and Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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