Jackson-led Atholton ousts Glenelg boys, 3-1

Glenelg girls prevail in 2A South

Oak. Mills finishes Catoctin boys, 5-0

Soccer roundup

High Schools

November 07, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Atholton coach Roch DeFrances starts five sophomores, and his first-string goalkeeper was ineligible this season, so he told his boys soccer team it was on a two-year plan for, hopefully, winning a state championship.

Last night at Howard, the Raiders possibly speeded up that plan by winning the Class 2A South championship, upsetting No. 14-ranked Glenelg, 3-1. Their last regional title was in 1990. Atholton will play Wicomico County's Parkside at Century High at 5 p.m. tomorrow in the state semifinals.

Atholton (9-6) has won eight of its past nine games, dating to when DeFrances switched his son, Scott, from center midfield to sweeper.

Last season, Atholton upset Glenelg in the first round of regionals, and the Raiders defeated Glenelg during this regular season, 1-0.

"It's always an emotional game with Glenelg," said DeFrances. "We match up well with them. But it is hard to beat a team twice in one season, so we were worried."

Winston Jackson, a junior transfer from Glenelg Country School, scored two sensational goals to lift the Raiders.

The first required two shots in the 15th minute off a cross from Tim Breen, a sophomore up from JV for the playoffs. Jackson headed his first shot over the goalkeeper, but sliding defender Kyle Hasty barely kicked the ball off the line, where Jackson, following his shot, slid himself and scored.

Jackson ripped home his second goal in the 39th minute, dribbling 25 yards down the left side, cutting away from the sweeper and banging a shot off the inside far post.

"This was exciting," said Jackson. "There's a rivalry between these schools I don't understand, but our team doesn't like Glenelg."

Class 2A South girls: Under trying weather conditions, Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan stressed to his team that mental toughness would make the difference in the title game at Howard.

The Gladiators shook off the rain and eventually shook off Atholton to win the title, 4-1, and will play Stephen Decatur at Annapolis High at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the state semifinals.

Meghan Haspert scored the first goal for Glenelg (13-2-1) in the 23rd minute, turning 25 yards from goal and shooting from the center of the field.

"We won it all over," said Haspert. "We had speed on the sides and a strong defense."

Freshman Brittany Devereux made it 2-0 with a shot from the left side from 10 yards in the 28th minute.

Atholton (10-4-1) rallied in the second half as Melinda Petre scored in the 51st minute on an 18-yard, left-footed shot.

Class 1A South

Oakland Mills' boys won a record 17th regional championship by defeating Catoctin, 5-0, in the conclusion of Wednesday's game that was suspended by thunderstorms with 28 minutes left to play.

The No. 2-ranked Scorpions, leading 2-0 when the game was suspended, got two goals from Alex Douyon and one from Shawn Magnuson, in the first nine minutes at Oakland Mills.

Oakland Mills, which has won four of the last five Class 1A state titles, will play Pocomoke at 5 p.m. tomorrow at South River in the state semifinals.

MIAA

Park 1, Pallotti 1 (Park wins shootout, 4-3): Park goalkeeper Paul Weitz stopped two shots in the penalty kick shootout, and the Bruins made all four attempts to advance to tomorrow's 2:30 p.m. B Conference final at UMBC against Boys' Latin, a 1-0 winner over Friends.

Park (14-3-1) led 1-0 at the half on junior forward Ben Ryugo's goal in the 29th minute. Pallotti's T.J. Johnson tied the contest with 20 minutes remaining.

Boys' Latin 1, Friends 0: Senior midfielder Timmy Davis headed in the game's only goal in the 30th minute off a cross from senior Charles Mangaali. The Lakers, last season's B Conference co-champions, advanced to the title game for the third straight year.

The semifinal was moved to Loyola College's synthetic turf field because of poor field conditions at Boys' Latin.

Baltimore Lutheran 1, Beth Tfiloh 0: Senior forward Theron Jenkins scored in the 64th minute to lift the Saints (13-3-1) to their second C Conference title game in three years. Lutheran will play the winner of today's Mount Carmel vs. Sts. Peter & Paul semifinal at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's for the championship.

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