Perry Hall has control of its fate

No. 13 Gators must win last 2 to make county final

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 12, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The race in Baltimore County's Class 4A-3A girls soccer division has become awfully crowded in the past week, but two-time defending county champion Perry Hall remains in control of its own fate.

The No. 13 Gators suffered their first division loss to Towson on Thursday, ending a 33-game winning streak against county foes. Now, they must beat No. 10 Dulaney and Franklin this week to guarantee a berth in the Oct. 22 county title match. Otherwise, upstart Kenwood likely will steal the division.

"I'm a little surprised at the parity, especially from Kenwood," said Perry Hall coach Brad Kressman. "I don't think anybody expected that kind of performance from them with so many freshmen [five]."

The Gators and Franklin came into last week as the only unbeaten teams in the 12-member 4A-3A Division. But Towson's upset and Kenwood's 2-0 victory at Franklin left Perry Hall, Kenwood and Franklin tied with one loss each.

If Perry Hall wins its final two games, the Gators would edge out Kenwood and Franklin based on head-to-head competition. If Perry Hall loses or ties one of its games and Franklin and Kenwood win the rest, Kenwood would advance because of their win over Franklin.

Towson and Dulaney have two division losses each, but Kenwood -- which can finish no worse than 9-2 -- has beaten both, giving the Bluebirds the edge in the tiebreaker.

For Towson, which has been just outside of striking range of the top teams the past few years, Andrea Hamby and Katie Salome scored against Perry Hall en route to a 2-1 win. Salome and Nora Truscello added assists.

"The girls so wanted that game," said Generals coach Paul Becker. "They were pumped up. The original 11 played the whole 80 minutes. There was just a chemistry there that I felt I didn't want to change."

Kenwood, sparked by a large contingent of underclassmen, has persevered despite injuries. Freshman striker Ashley Singer hurt her knee against Perry Hall and is out for the season. But senior defender Michele Sadowski, who suffered a concussion against Franklin, should return this week.

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