River Hill tops Wilde Lake, 2-0

Lewis scores both goals as motivated No. 5 Hawks hand Wildecats first loss

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 04, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Simply put, No. 5 River Hill was fired up for yesterday's girls soccer game against undefeated Wilde Lake.

The Hawks wanted to send Howard County a message about how good they really are with a strong performance, and Kara Lewis helped River Hill do just that, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory over the visiting Wildecats.

Lewis said the Hawks had grown weary of hearing they weren't as good as their record (7-1-1 overall, 6-0 league).

"People were questioning whether we were a good team or not," Lewis said. "We wanted to keep the pressure on today. We wanted to keep it in their defensive end as much as possible."

River Hill pushed Wilde Lake (5-1, 5-1) throughout with speed and passing.

The Hawks dominated play offensively through the first 60 minutes, then stood firm when the Wildecats increased their offensive pressure near the end. Shelley McDuff and Lindsay Hinkle helped anchor a defense that goalkeeper Katy Hudson (six saves) boosted with some big second-half saves - including a diving stop of Addie Hobart's 10-yard shot while the Hawks were clinging to the 1-0 lead.

"Everyone's been hearing about how good Wilde Lake's been doing," River Hill coach Willie Ibarra said. "The girls were very pumped up. It was a great win."

Lewis, the team's top scorer this year, created several opportunities on her own and scored in each half. She has seven goals and two assists this fall.

Her first goal came in the 17th minute. She got past Wilde Lake defender Brooke Ratcliffe on the right side and faced keeper Bridget Holcomb (seven saves) alone before firing a 10-yard shot that hit the right post and seemed to stop, before lurching left and creeping over the line. Jackie Stromberg got an assist as River Hill then seemed to improve offensively.

But Ratcliffe, Ali Solonche, Jane Wiseman and Laine Angle kept making defensive plays for Wilde Lake, repeatedly stopping River Hill in the penalty box.

Lewis, however, broke through one more time. Sam Goertler sent a free kick about 25 yards into the box, and Lewis out-jumped everyone to send a header into the left corner for a 2-0 lead in the 63rd minute.

Wilde Lake thrilled first-year coach Dave Procida with how hard the team played. He told his players afterward that they had nothing to hang their heads about and to use the loss as a learning experience.

"All credit to River Hill," he said. "You only get so many scoring chances in a game. They finished theirs, and we didn't finish ours."

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