Today's Soccer State Finals

November 14, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham and Rich Scherr


(Games at UMBC)

Class 2A girls

No. 3 Century (15-2-1) vs. No. 11 Glenelg (14-2-1)

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: Two-year-old Century goes for its second title while Glenelg chases after its fourth crown and first since 2000. Both teams reached the final with one-goal victories. The Knights got a first-half goal from senior forward Lauren Schwarzman (13 goals, eight assists) and then was able to hold off Eastern Tech for a 1-0 win and their 10th shutout of the season. The Gladiators showed overtime poise after relinquishing a two-goal lead in the last 10 minutes of their semifinal game against Stephen Decatur, recovering on a goal from junior midfielder Meghan Haspert in the third minute of extra time for a 3-2 win. Senior Kelly Kasper (seven goals, 10 assists) anchors the middle for the Knights, while the Gladiators rely on senior defender Kelly Glacken.

Class 2A boys

Century (10-2-3) vs. Parkside (16-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Century will shoot for a state title in just its second year of varsity. The Knights, who defeated Eastern Tech on penalty kicks in the semifinals, are led on offense by Kyle Dietz (eight goals) and Kevin Chapman (six goals, six assists). Goalkeeper Chris Jones (0.93 goals allowed average anchors the defense. Century's past three playoff games have gone to overtime. Parkside of Wicomico County has won 14 straight after a 2-2 start. The Rams advanced to the final by defeating Atholton, 1-0, in double overtime. The Salisbury team, led by Josh Elliott (22 goals, 10 assists) and Scott Sparrow (11 goals, six assists), plays a ball-control game, preferring to keep passes out of the air. They also are looking for their first state title.

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