State soccer finals

November 15, 2001

(At UMBC) Class 4A girls

No. 6 Perry Hall (15-0-1) vs. Thomas Johnson (16-3)

When: Today, 5 p.m.

Outlook: The Gators return to the state final for the first time since 1994 where they meet a formidable opponent in the Patriots, from Frederick. The Patriots, who were eliminated by River Hill in last year's Class 3A state semifinal, have allowed just six goals this season. Four-year starting goalie Amy Franciscovitch has 46 career shutouts, including 13 this season with help from junior backs Brittany Wilson and Christine Jodrie. The Baltimore County champion Gators have allowed just five goals behind the defensive unit of Ashley Carroll, Allie Barreiro, Kristin Gauvin, Kristen Townsley and goalie Catherine Vecchioni. Offensively, Brittany McKew (5 goals, 10 assists) has provided the big goals in the playoffs. The sophomore scored the game- winner in the regional final 1-0 win over Parkville and assisted, with a corner kick, Lori Carpenter's goal in the 1-0 state semifinal win over Eleanor Roosevelt. The Patriots edged Watkins Mill, 2-1, in the state semifinal. -- Katherine Dunn

Class 4A boys

No. 14 Perry Hall (14-3) vs. Magruder (13-2-1)

When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Gators make their second state final appearance. The last was in 1995. Behind goalkeeper Ian MacDonald, and the anchor of the defense, senior All-State sweeper Jamie Flynn and left fullback Bryan Marzoli, they have compiled eight shutouts and allowed 12 goals. A balanced attack produced 39 goals, led by senior forward Marin George's five goals and six assists. George scored in a 3-0 regional championship win over Patterson. The Gators defeated High Point in the state semifinals in a 4-1 shootout after regulation ended, 1-1. "We're an experienced team with eight senior starters, and if we play our midfield possession game and solid defense, we should do all right," said Gators coach Brian Moen. Magruder (13-2-1), making its first state final appearance, starts eight seniors, including leading scorer Pele Paely (18g, 11a), who has scored seven goals, including three game-winners in four playoff games. The Colonels came through a strong Montgomery County region and are led defensively by back Marc Crumpler and goalkeeper Jake Panek.-- Rick Belz

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