Rogers, Loch Raven again share crown

Raiders, Middletown play to 0-0 tie in state final

Class 1A girls soccer

High Schools

November 18, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Goalie Molly Rogers is a generous person, but she didn't feel like sharing this time.

Rogers was a sophomore when Loch Raven tied Middletown, 0-0, in the Class 2A state girls soccer title game and was named co-champion. Now a senior, she came up with 13 saves yesterday as the Raiders tied Washington County's Smithsburg, 0-0, to share the Class 1A state title.

"It's better than losing," said Rogers. "[Smithsburg] was an awesome team. I feel like we played our best game today and left it all on the field."

The Raiders (12-4-1) had numerous scoring opportunities, especially in the first half.

With 18:51 gone, Loch Raven's Jessica Therres was open in front of the Smithsburg goal. She turned and fired, but her shot sailed over the crossbar.

The Raiders had another chance on Christin Krejcik's corner with 11:24 left in the half. The ball landed in the middle of the box and hit several Loch Raven players before being cleared by the Leopards (19-0-1).

The Raiders dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half. Perhaps the Raiders' best chance came midway through the second half, when sophomore Lauren Askey poked the ball to freshman Danielle Nicholson on a partial breakaway. Her shot was headed for the goal when Leopards goalie Lauren Church dived, barely getting a hand on the ball and tapping it away.

"I feel like I had a million chances," said Nicholson, who has been on the varsity only three weeks. "I'm glad we didn't lose, but it doesn't feel like we won, either."

Smithsburg had the best scoring chance in overtime, when Alyson Daughtridge hit an arcing shot that eluded Rogers, but hit the crossbar.

Both teams have thrived with defense all season. The Raiders had given up 11 goals all year, the Leopards only seven.

"I knew this would be a defensive struggle," said Loch Raven coach Mike Parker. "I wouldn't change anything we did, though. I thought we played extremely well, and they were a great team. We had our chances."

Smithsburg coach Richard Daughtridge was equally complimentary of Loch Raven.

"I wouldn't say this was the best game we've played all year," he said, "but it was the hardest fought."

Saves: SM--Church 11; LR--Rogers 13.

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