Perry Hall keeps streak, pride, 3-2

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 16, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Members of Perry Hall's fourth-ranked girls soccer team entered yesterday's game at No. 12 Parkville knowing a victory wasn't a must. Unbeaten in Baltimore County Division I, the defending county champion Gators already had clinched a berth in next Wednesday's title game against Loch Raven.

But one thing kept the Gators from simply packing it in when Parkville's Kimberleigh Vaughan ruined their bid for their ninth shutout with the game's initial goal: The neighborhood rivalry.

"A lot of the players know each other, so there's a little pride," said sixth-year Perry Hall coach Brad Kressman. "Every year with Parkville, it's a one- or two-goal game."

Down by a goal at halftime, the Gators stormed back with the next three scores, from Rachel Mulherin, Erica Lee and Brittany McKnew, for a 3-2 victory.

Mulherin and McKnew each added assists for the Gators (10-1 overall, 7-0 league), who have won 21 straight games against county opponents.

"I thought we'd pick it up when we scored, but it seemed to give them more momentum," said Vaughan, a four-year starter whose teammate, Sheree Geroux, scored late to make it 3-2. "They were ready to play in the second half, and we came out like we had already won it."

The Knights (8-3, 3-3) are the last county team to have beaten the Gators, ousting them from the Class 4A regional tournament in 1999 and again in 2000. The Gators went 15-1-1 last fall and were 4A state runners-up.

"When I was a freshman, they kept us from going to states," said McKnew, a junior on a team that started only four seniors. "Once they scored on us, that brought our intensity up."

Awakened was an offense that has outscored its opposition by a combined 32-5 this season. Parkville keeper Stephanie Ricketts (10 saves) had done well by shutting down the Gators in the first half.

But Perry Hall's defense showed why it entered the game having allowed only three goals, anchored by Sara Breidenbaugh, Ashley Carroll, Kirstin Gauvin, Allie Barreiro and Katie Orlando. Orlando kept top scorer Missy Rumbley (11 goals, seven assists), to no goals or assists.

"Determination's the word I'd use. It's Parkville. They're our rivals. We had to get back at them," said keeper Brittany Gelwicks.

"One goal can be tough to come back from," said midfielder Lori Carpenter. "But we had confidence we could do it -- and we always do."

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