State soccer games

November 17, 2001|By Katherine Dunn, Kevin Van Valkenburg and Rick Belz

Class 2A girls final

No. 5 Centennial (14-3-1) vs. Bethesda-Chevy Chase (13-2)

Site: UMBC

When: Today, 2:20 p.m.

Outlook: No school has appeared in more girls soccer state finals than Centennial, which will be making its sixth appearance when it takes on Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The Eagles are 5-0, including a 2-0 win over Middletown in the 1998 final. Seniors Sam Test and Julie Richter lead a talented Eagles team that starts five freshman, including Mandy Paizs and Hayley Siegel, two of area's best young players. B-CC is a near-mirror image of the Eagles. The Barons start five freshman, and have allowed only 10 goals all season. Veronica Temple and Lily Hitchner each scored in B-CC's 2-1 win over Eastern Tech in the state semifinals. Centennial keeper Betsy Smith has been tough to score on all year, and has played her best in big games.

Class 1A girls final

Loch Raven (12-4) vs. Smithsburg (18-0)

Site: UMBC

When: Noon Outlook: In its first trip to the state final since tying Middletown for the Class 2A title in 1999, Loch Raven runs up against another Monocacy Valley league champion. Coach Richard Daughtridge's Smithsburg broke Middletown's 17-year chokehold on the league this fall and boasts an all-around strong team. Morgan Church leads a high-powered attack with 25 goals and five assists, with Kyley Thompson right behind (22 goals, six assists). The defense, led by sweeper Lindsay Layman and backs Cassie Stanford and Courtney Kerns, has rolled up 14 shutouts and allowed just eight goals. The Raiders haven't had quite the same goal production, and coach Mike Parker said the game will turn on his offense because he believes his defense, led by sweeper Christin Krejcik and goalie Molly Rogers, can hold off the Leopards. Jen Hild is Loch Raven's top scorer (eight, six). Class 2A boys final

Bethesda-Chevy Chase vs. Stephen Decatur Site: UMBC When: 5 p.m.

Class 1A boys final

No. 11 Oakland Mills (8-5-2) vs. Pocomoke (15-3)

Site: UMBC

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills has won 11 state championships in 22 years, more than any Maryland high school, and seeks its fourth straight title, which would tie a state record. The Scorpions have won 18 straight playoff games, while allowing a total of four goals, but needed a come-from-behind victory to top Sparrows Point in the semifinals, 2-1. Brandon Hawkes leads the team with nine goals. Senior goalkeeper Sean McElroy, injured last Saturday, will be replaced by sophomore Dan Rogers. Pocomoke has speed and skill and likes to play a possession game. The Warriors, of Worcester County, are led by senior forward Allen Justice, (30 goals, 12 assists) and senior midfielder Zach Beitzel (16 goals, 16 assists). Their starting goalkeeper, Jovan Schoolfield, missed most of the season with a knee injury, but returned for the playoffs and has allowed only one goal.

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