Karami's goal caps Franklin girls' win for 3A North title

Fallston falls in shootout

E. Tech earns 3rd straight 2A North championship

Soccer regional finals

High Schools

November 05, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Franklin fullback Zohreh Karami added to a fine defensive game by scoring the clinching goal in a 4-2 shootout victory over No. 13 Fallston for the Class 3A North regional girls soccer championship yesterday in Owings Mills.

The Indians (13-3) got shootout goals from Katie Bosley, Nicole Wilner, Ashley Harris and Karami, as well as a pair of outstanding saves from Brittany Roberts to break a 1-1 tie through double overtime and earn a trip to the state semifinals against the winner of the West region.

Each side converted its first two attempts in the shootout before Franklin's Erin Chisnell sent her shot wide of the goal. Roberts made up for that by deflecting Christy Herbert's shot off her foot. Harris then boosted the Indians' edge to 3-2 before Roberts dove to her left to stop a low drive from Lauren Kinnear.

That set up Karami's game-winner. The junior opted for the left side and Cougars keeper Erin Iman made a valiant lunging effort to reach the ball, but the ball deflected off her hand into the net.

"In practice, I always try to do the same shot," Karami said, "and the only thing I was nervous about was when you do the same shot on your goalie and it goes in, but maybe their goalie chooses that side to jump on. She dove. I think she thought I was going the other way, but at the last minute she changed. I hit it and she blocked it, but it went in anyway."

The Indians' victory ended a fine late season run for the Cougars (10-5-2), who rebounded from a 5-1 loss to C. Milton Wright to knock off the Mustangs, 2-0, in the regional semifinals.

No. 9 Eastern Tech 2, Hereford 0: The host Mavericks (16-2) took the 2A North title for the third straight year behind two goals from senior forward Erika Stimmel -- both assisted by sophomore Katie McKay.

Perry Hall 2, Westminster 0: Sophomore Jessica Knight broke a scoreless tie with 12 minutes left, and Brittany McKew added an insurance tally to lead the visiting Gators (14-4) over the Owls (8-4-2) and to their third consecutive 4A North title.

Loch Raven 5, Sparrows Point 0: Senior midfielder Lauren Askey and junior forward Danielle Nicholson each scored twice, and the host Raiders (13-2-1) won the 1A North title with their 13th shutout.

Oakland Mills 1, Poolesville 1: The Scorpions upset the Indians (8-3-2), the defending 1A state champions, in the South region final, winning the game, 4-3 on penalty kicks, after the score was tied through regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.

The Scorpions (5-7-1) entered the playoffs with just three wins and had not won a playoff game in three years, but Megan Shea scored Oakland Mills' lone goal and freshman Bali Boule made the game-winning penalty kick.

Boys

Loch Raven 3, No. 9 Sparrows Point 0: The Raiders, led by Dave Menninger, who marked Pointers leading scorer Kenny Dotter, recorded their eighth shutout of the season as visiting Loch Raven (12-3) upset Sparrows Point (14-2) and took the class 1A North championship.

The Raiders (12-3) scored twice in the first half off corner kicks as senior forward Pete Demuth and Travis Hoffman converted.

Kenwood 1, Thomas Johnson 0: Senior Andy Gallagher scored four minutes into the first overtime to help the fifth-seeded Bluebirds (9-5-2) beat second-seeded Thomas Johnson at CCBC-Dundalk and capture the 4A North crown, their first regional soccer championship.

Westlake 2, No. 15 Severna Park 1: Tim Remo scored in the 67th minute to break a 1-1 tie and lift the top-seeded and host Wolverines to the 4A South title. That ended the 30-year career of Falcons coach Don Gregg, whose team finished 11-4-2.

"Right now, it's kind of empty, like you let the air out of your tires," said Gregg, who has more than 300 wins, 14 Anne Arundel County titles and two crowns. "But you move on and let someone else take over."

Eastern Tech 2, Poly 0: The Mavericks (12-3-2) got first-half goals from Bryan Moffa and Andrew Tyner to win the 2A North title at CCBC-Dundalk.

The loss was the first for the Engineers (16-1).

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