Dominant Loch Raven breaks ice for 2-0 win

Outshooting Queen Anne's by 20-0, goals within 2:33 get 5th crown in 11 years

Class 1A girls soccer final

High Schools

November 16, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For nearly 60 minutes yesterday, the Loch Raven girls soccer team put on a dominating show in the Class 1A state final - without taking the lead.

After coming up empty on each of the game's first 15 shots, however, the Raiders finally broke through, in the process breaking the back of opposing Queen Anne's in a 2-0 win at UMBC.

With their team in a scoreless tie midway through the second half, Danielle Nicholson and Jenny Rosenberger scored back-to-back goals in a span of 2:33, propelling Loch Raven (14-1-1) to its fifth state title in 11 years.

"I knew that if we could just get one, we would settle down," said Loch Raven coach Mike Parker. "We were playing too nervous, and their defense was really packing it in. I just knew that once we got one, the game would totally change."

Nicholson finally ended the frustration with 21:19 left in the game. After firing a shot on goal, the rebound came out to teammate Michele Frock, whose close-range shot was met with a diving save.

This time, Nicholson claimed the rebound, and beat goalie Janette Hewitt to her right to make it 1-0.

"It was definitely a relief," said Nicholson. "[The ball] came back out and then I got the rebound. [The goalie] was already going the other way, and I just tapped it in on the other side of her."

Moments later, Rosenberger made it 2-0 on a feed from Nicholson.

Queen Anne's (14-4), which was making the school's first appearance in a state final in any sport in 25 years, was outshot 20-0 and never had a serious scoring chance.

"We wanted to keep it 0-0 as long as possible," said Lions coach Mike Kern. "We were hoping to get our breakaway and somehow get a goal out of the deal. But they finally broke us down enough where they got a goal."

Loch Raven spent the first half peppering the goal with shots.

After midfielder Lauren Askey fired a shot off the near post about 10 minutes into the game, she got another point-blank chance minutes later, taking an entry pass from Ali Harris and firing it into the chest of Hewitt.

Frock then nearly scored when her direct kick from about 35-yards out took a high bounce off the turf and nearly sneaked under the crossbar.

Perhaps the Raiders' best chance of the half came with about one minute left, when Nicholson rolled a well-placed crossing pass into the goal mouth. After Frock failed to get off a solid shot, Jen Held had her close-range shot blocked away and cleared.

Frock followed early in the second half with another shot off the post.

"It was very frustrating," said Nicholson. "We got down to this end [in the second half] and I was like, `We have to get it in now or else when are we going to do it?' "

Parker, who has coached his team to three state titles in five years, said the Raiders are hoping to build a Baltimore County dynasty.

"We're trying," said Parker. "The Class 1A schools don't always get a lot of respect, but we play a lot of good schools. We play good soccer ... and we'll be good again next year."

Goals: LR-Nichlson, Rosenberger. Assist: LR-Nicholson. Saves: LR-Wisner 0; QA-Hewitt 11. Half: 0-0.

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