Today's Soccer State Finals

High Schools

November 13, 2003|By Katherine Dunn and Glenn P. Graham

(Games at UMBC)

Girls Class 2A

No. 13 Perry Hall (14-4) vs. Eleanor Roosevelt (15-2-1)

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: The Gators are seeking their first title after falling in the state final each of the past two years. Last year, they lost to Quince Orchard, 1-0, in double overtime, and Gators coach Brad Kressman said the Raiders remind him of that opponent. The Gators won the previous meeting in the 2001 state semifinals. The Raiders needed a shootout to get past No. 6 South River in Friday's semifinal while Perry Hall beat Damascus, 2-0. Striker Jessica Knight leads the Gators with 20 goals and 10 assists, while midfielder Brittany McKew has 15 goals and 14 assists. The Raiders have a balanced attack led by midfielder Amanda Harris (11 goals, 13 assists).

Boys Class 4A

No. 8 Old Mill (15-3-2) vs. Kenwood (10-6-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Both teams are making their first state final appearance with each taking different paths. The Patriots have taken the next step following last year's state semifinal appearance, while the Bluebirds have been the playoff's biggest surprise after a .500 regular season that ended with an 0-5-2 skid. A tight-marking defensive game could be in the works with both teams having quality goalkeepers. Old Mill senior keeper Tim Carrier, a first-team All-Anne Arundel County selection as a junior, is the Patriots' team leader. Kenwood's Alex Hancock shined with 11 saves in the team's 3-0 state semifinal win over Montgomery County-power Walter Johnson.

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