Century slips past Eastern Tech, 1-0

Schwarzmann's goal wins Knights shot at repeating in 2A

Glenelg pulls it out

Girls soccer state semifinals

High Schools

November 09, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Century girls soccer program may only be in its second year, but it has already had plenty of practice protecting a lead.

That showed yesterday in the Class 2A state semifinals against No. 9 Eastern Tech.

The No. 3 Knights, the defending state champions, got a goal from senior forward Lauren Schwarzmann in the 32nd minute and then kept things quiet defensively with persistent forward play to come away with a 1-0 victory over the Mavericks at Annapolis High.

The Knights improved to 15-2-1 in recording their 11th shutout, and will try to make it 2-for-2 in state finals when they take on Glenelg next week at UMBC. The date has not been set.

"[Getting to the state final] was definitely harder this year because everyone was gunning for us. But that's what makes it so exciting," said Schwarzmann, who now has 13 goals and eight assists this season.

Eastern Tech (17-3) outworked Century for stretches earlier in the first half, but it was the Knights who came on late to get the goal from Schwarzmann that proved enough.

Senior midfielder Kelly Kasper won a ball near midfield and passed ahead to Schwarzmann, who found the top right corner of the net from 25 yards.

With coach Vanessa Ozimek out of town for a wedding, Century assistant coach Maureen Wagner's halftime words encouraged the Knights to stay aggressive. And they did.

"We just knew we had to keep the pressure on. We had to start settling the ball, keep playing to feet and put our hearts and souls into it," Wagner said.

The loss didn't tarnish a fine season for the Mavericks, who captured their first Baltimore County crown under first-year coach Kim Williams.

Glenelg 3, Stephen Decatur 2: The last thing the Gladiators (14-2-1) expected to need was an overtime hero, but when called upon, junior midfielder Meghan Haspert was more than happy to respond with her second goal of the game.

Haspert finished off a cross from Brandy McReynolds three minutes into the first overtime to send the Gladiators to the 2A state final.

Holding a 2-0 lead with under 10 minutes to play in regulation, the Gladiators saw the Seahawks (16-1) from Worcester County rally on goals from Kelly Higgins and Colleen Cruice to push the game into extra time.

Haspert took over from there.

"Personally, I knew I didn't want to let my team down and I knew we had to pull through. We didn't want to let it go to penalty kicks. Brandy McReynolds got it down the sideline, crossed it in and I was able to get behind the defender and one-touched it in," said Haspert, who now has 13 goals to go with four assists.

McReynolds opened the scoring with a tap-in goal in the 30th minute after Stephen Decatur keeper Maggie McGraw made a diving save of a shot by Mindy Santori.

Haspert made it 2-0 five minutes later, collecting a loose ball on the right side and finishing from 8 yards.

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