City girls slip past Western for crown

El-Frih scores in 1-0 win

Dulaney boys once again reach county title game


High Schools

October 18, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When City's Wahiba El-Frih sent a corner kick toward the goal mouth yesterday with the Baltimore City girls soccer championship on the line, she expected one of her teammates to finish it off. Instead, the freshman midfielder got an assist from the rain as the soaring ball curled toward the net and slipped through Western goalie Ebony Dennis' fingers.

The goal, El-Frih's first as a Knight, gave host City a 1-0 victory over the Doves for its second straight city girls soccer crown. The Knights (7-5) finish the regular season 7-1 in the city league while the Doves ended up 6-2, having played all of their games against city foes.

"Everybody says Poly is our rival," said Knights senior sweeper Tiffany Wright, "but Western is our true rival. They had the championship all those years and we finally took it from them. We want to keep it going."

Neither team managed many good scoring chances in the rain although Dennis made a couple of point-blank second-half saves among her eight for the game.

The only one Dennis couldn't handle was El-Frih's goal in the 46th minute. But that wasn't the only break the Knights got.

Shortly after the goal, the Doves made a run. With City's defense unorganized and goal keeper Whitney James off her line, a slow roller headed just inside the right post. Knights defender Markia Green raced back to the ball and fell on it, stopping it 2 yards from the goal line.

Green was called for a dangerous play, giving Western's stellar sweeper Krystle Wartman a free kick from the point of the foul. Facing City's wall, Wartman couldn't get any loft on the ball. Her shot caromed off a defender and James grabbed it.

"All my teammates helped me out," said James. "They got on the line. We worked as a team. We all had a save on that one."

Boys soccer

No. 5 Dulaney 4, Dundalk 2: With Kyle Batton's three goals leading the way, the Lions (9-2, 7-0) stormed into the Baltimore County championship game for the third straight season with the win over the Owls (5-3-2, 4-1-2).

Batton, a senior forward, scored in the 18th minute and twice more in the opening 10 minutes of the second half to put Dulaney in control. Jay Feeley also scored for the hosts, who will try Wednesday to win their second county title in three years.

Parkville (7-2-1, 5-1) can clinch the other berth in the title game with a win today at Patapsco. If the Knights lose or tie, the berth goes to No. 13 Eastern Tech, who beat Catonsville yesterday to improve to 8-2-1 and 5-1-1.

Field hockey

No. 8 Hereford 4, Dulaney 0: The Bulls (10-2, 9-1) earned a return trip to the Baltimore County championship game with a victory over the visiting Lions (9-3, 7-3). Jessica Bulala scored two goals.

The Bulls head to Towson on Monday for a county title showdown with the No. 1 and defending champion Generals.

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