River Hill slips by Glenelg in OT, 2-1

Goertler's goal gives No. 1 5th county title in 6 years

Girls soccer

High School

October 18, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

She was bumped, knocked down and marked so closely by Glenelg's Kelly Glacken that it often appeared she had a shadow.

So when River Hill's Jamie Goertler finally got some breathing room, she made the most of it.

Frustrated but undeterred, the senior midfielder one-timed junior Kara Lewis' drop pass from 8 yards out into the open side of the net four minutes into the first overtime to give the top-ranked Hawks a thrilling 2-1 victory over the host Gladiators yesterday in a steady rainstorm.

The win allowed the Hawks (12-0, 9-0 in the county) to wrap up the outright county title - its fifth in six years - and to once again, show their mettle.

Goertler, who verbally committed to Florida State on Wednesday, actually set herself up for the overtime heroics, by feeding junior Robyn Bishop for the tying goal with 5:10 to play. That goal came just 30 seconds after the Gladiators (7-4-1, 5-3) had taken a 1-0 lead on sophomore Sonja Boras' breakaway.

"I guess you can say it's maturity because we've been in so many situations like this and we're used to it," said Goertler, whose team will soon vie for its fourth straight Class 3A state title. "I didn't know what to do at first. I stepped right, she stepped right. ... I figured I'd better move more because that was the only way I'd lose her."

Perhaps, Glenelg, which was in a defensive posture for much of the game, but did have success counter-attacking from the flanks, deserved a better fate.

Glacken followed Goertler, senior Bryn Buckler had a lock on Megan Buescher, and senior Chrissy Starcher latched onto Lewis, who was later dropped from forward to midfield to give her more time to operate.

Glenelg coach Mike Williams' game plan, backed by a stellar performance from junior goalie Karyn Curley (16 saves), looked even better when Boras ran onto a ball near midfield, and split two River Hill defenders.

Boras outraced Hawks senior Sara Ingle to the goal before slipping a shot past the onrushing Erin Ferguson (12 saves).

The Gladiators' celebration was short-lived. On the ensuing kickoff, Goertler looked up and sent a through ball to Bishop, who finished beautifully with a right-footed shot that dipped just below the crossbar.

"The most volatile times to score are the first and last couple of minutes of a half, and right after a score," said River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley. "They knew if they came back real quick, they would put the ball in the back of the net"

Williams said his team maybe celebrated 10 seconds too long. It didn't take that long for River Hill to set up its overtime goal.

The play started with Buescher's long throw-in to Lewis inside the box, and ended with Goertler blasting a right-footed shot through traffic.

"The big thing with this group is I've tried to get them to develop an identity and I think we have one now," said Williams.

Said Kelso Smedley: "We were definitely challenged today, but we did a good job coming back."

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