Today's Soccer State Finals

November 15, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham, Rick Belz

(Games at UMBC)

Class 1A girls Loch Raven (14-2-1) vs. Queen Anne's (15-4)

Time: noon Outlook: The Raiders are looking for their fifth title in 11 years. In 2001, the Raiders shared the 1A crown with Smithsburg, but they dispatched the Leopards, 3-0, in last week's semifinal. The Lions needed a shootout to beat Oakland Mills in their semifinal. Midfielder Lauren Askey leads the Raiders with 17 goals and 13 assists, and striker Danielle Nicholson has 16 goals and 12 assists. Goalie Rachael Wisner has a 93-percent save rate, and the Raiders have posted 12 shutouts.

Class 1A boys Williamsport (16-2) vs. Pocomoke (15-3)

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Class 3A girls No. 2 Severna Park (16-1) vs. Urbana (14-3-1)

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: The Falcons look to defend their state crown against a young, fast and skilled Hawks team. Severna Park is far different from the team that captured the school's fifth state title. A revamped defense is led by senior keeper Christie York, and freshman Samantha Young (13 goals, 10 assists) is the team's leading scorer. Mainstays in the middle are senior standouts Shannon Hadaway and Zara Nematollahi. Urbana, led by sophomore Jennifer Ruhe (13 goals, seven assists), is coached by Chuck Nichols, who guided fellow Frederick County school Thomas Johnson to states titles in 1997 and 2001.

Class 3A boys No. 1 River Hill (15-1) vs. No. 5 Towson (16-1-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: River Hill coach Bill Stara's defending 3A champion seeks its fifth state title in the eight years since the school opened. Brian Chun, Theo Byrd, David Adams and Jeremy Smith have led a balanced offense. The defense has 13 shutouts and has allowed five goals - none in four playoff games. The Hawks have outscored playoff opponents, 15-0. Towson, a 2A state finalist last season, features leading scorers Jeff Routh (21 goals, seven assists) and Tyler Zentz (13 goals, six assists). The defense, led by goalkeeper Mark Schminke, has allowed 11 goals. This will be Towson's eighth state final, and the Generals have won three times, most recently in 1991.

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