State girls soccer semifinals

Severna Park ousts River Hill on penalty kicks, gains 3A final

Franklin falls to Urbana

Perry Hall, Loch Raven advance to title games

November 08, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham and Rick Belz | Glenn P. Graham and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

After 100 minutes of play didn't produce a winner between No. 2 River Hill and No. 5 Severna Park, last night's Class 3A girls soccer semifinal at North County came down to which team had the better aim.

It turned out to be the defending state champion Falcons, who showed poise and found corners to come away with a 3-1 win in the penalty-kick shootout after the teams ended overtime tied 2-2.

Severna Park (16-1) will meet Urbana of Frederick County in the state final at UMBC next week, with the date and time to be determined. The Hawks (14-2-1) saw a second straight season end at the hands of the Falcons, who came away with a 1-0 double-overtime win in last year's region final.

FOR THE RECORD - In Saturday's editions, the goal scored by Oakland Mills girls soccer team against Queen Anne's was credited to the wrong player. Krystle Kinsey's goal for the Scorpions sent the game into overtime.

Last night, the Falcons withstood a steady overtime push from the Hawks and then got consecutive successful penalty kicks from senior Shannon Hadaway, junior Melissa Loureira and freshman Jessica Doyle in the shootout. Senior goalkeeper Christie York made one diving save, and two other River Hill shots went wide and high.

Asked how she approaches the pressure that comes with taking a penalty kick during the shootout, Hadaway, Severna Park's captain, said: "With confidence. Coach [Gary] Lam works hard with us on placing them and not overpowering them. River Hill's keeper [Katy Hudson] has been awesome all year and I think we just had well-placed balls."

Hadaway neatly placed her shot to the left corner; Loureira went to the lower right corner; and Doyle, a freshman called up from JV who has played sparingly, found the top right corner.

After River Hill senior standout Kara Lewis tied the game at 2 with 7:30 left in regulation, the Hawks had the better of the play in the two 10-minute overtime periods. Their best chance came two minutes into the extra time when Erika Theisen's shot from 15 yards hit the inside of the left post and came out.

"It's disappointing to lose like this especially because we had the ball that hit right off the post," Lewis said. "We worked on [penalty kicks] a lot, but it doesn't matter. It's completely different in a setting like this with all the pressure."

Sarah Tankard gave the Hawks an early 1-0 lead before the Falcons got goals from Kiley Williams and Emily Zido for a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Urbana 4, Franklin 0: The Indians had trouble staying with fast and skilled Urbana in a Class 3A semifinal at North County, seeing a fine season end with a 13-3 mark.

The Hawks, from Frederick County, got a goal from sophomore Paula Bartosiewicz in the 15th minute and then maintained a persistent attack to keep the Indians backed up in their defensive end.

Urbana senior Kristen Weaver provided an insurance goal eight minutes into the second half, and sophomore Jenny Ruhe closed the scoring with two goals.

Class 4A

Perry Hall 2, Damascus 0: Freshman Christa DeBole scored two first-half goals, both assisted by Jessica Knight, to lead the visiting Gators to their third straight appearance in the state championship.

Perry Hall, which has lost in the state final two years in a row, will play Eleanor Roosevelt in next week's championship.

Eleanor Roosevelt 2, South River 2 (Eleanor Roosevelt wins shootout, 4-2): South River led on two occasions and outshot Eleanor Roosevelt, 22-14, but a defensive breakdown on a corner kick with less than 10 minutes remaining allowed the Raiders to tie the score and send the game to overtime at Damascus.

The teams remained tied after two extra periods before the Raiders hit all four penalty kicks in the shootout and turned the tables on the Seahawks (14-3-1), who defeated Arundel in a shootout on Tuesday in the 4A East regional final.

Junior midfielder Rachel Fry and senior midfielder Angie Rodano scored for South River.

Class 1A

Queen Anne's 1, Oakland Mills 1 (Queen Anne's wins on penalty kicks, 7-6): Trying to win their second shootout in one week, the Scorpions came up a little short in the state semifinal at Howard.

Oakland Mills, which had upset defending state champion Poolesville on Tuesday on penalty kicks, outshot the Lions 15-6 but failed to take advantage of numerous corner kicks and long throws and ended 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime tied 1-1.

Danielle Skinner scored for Queen Anne's (15-4) in the 14th minute after a long throw-in and a looping header that the Oakland Mills goalkeeper dropped and Skinner kicked in.

Oakland Mills (5-9-1) tied it in the 35th minute when senior forward Emily Waters kicked in a loose ball in front of the goal after a long throw-in.

Ashleigh Johnson, a junior defender, made the game-winning penalty shot for Queen Anne's.

Loch Raven 3, Smithsburg 0: Loch Raven earned its ninth trip to the state final by defeating Smithsburg of Washington County at Howard.

The Raiders (14-2-1), who recorded their 14th shutout, scored all three goals in the first half. Smithsburg (17-2), state champion in 2001, had outscored its opponents 81-6.

Loch Raven will seek its fifth state title by playing Queen Anne's in the championship.

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