Eastern Tech makes it 2 straight crowns

Mavs nip Perry Hall, 1-0, for Balto. County honors

Girls soccer

High schools

October 28, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Veteran midfielder Britney Thomas said she and her Eastern Tech girls soccer teammates went into last night's Baltimore County championship focused more on offense than they had been a year ago.

That certainly showed even though the No. 5 Mavericks got past No. 12 Perry Hall by only 1-0 to win their second straight title at CCBC-Essex.

The Gators stayed in the game, thanks to a seven-save performance from goalie Jessica Stumpf -- and at least three Mavericks shots that hit the post.

Katie McKay scored the game-winner on a header in the 17th minute and the Mavericks (14-1) went on to outshoot the Gators, 15-2.

"We came in more prepared this year, knowing what to expect," said Thomas, whose team won last year's title match with Perry Hall, 2-1. "We had to control it more and play more offensive-minded. Last year, we came in more defensive. This time, we decided to kick the momentum up."

The early goal came on the Mavericks sixth shot of the game. Erika Stimmel's shot from about 25 yards started the play that resulted in McKay heading in her 12th goal this season.

"It looked like it was going in, but it hit the crossbar," said McKay, a 6-foot tall striker. "I wasn't expecting it to come down. I looked up and it was right there, and I just put it in."

After that, it was largely a battle between the Mavericks and Stumpf. Perhaps the sophomore goalie's best stand came with 8:33 left in the first half, when she batted away a shot from Stimmel and then recovered quickly to save Cindi Nickles' shot off the rebound.

"She was fearless," said McKay. "She was like a cat. We could get down there because we were a little bit faster on offense than their defense, but right when you shot it, she was there."

On the other hand, the Gators (10-3-1) couldn't get much going at all against a solid Mavericks team defense led by sweeper Danielle Nickles.

"We play with one forward, so it's kind of hard when it's one against four," said Gators striker Jessica Knight. "It works against a lot of teams, but it's obvious when we play harder teams that we don't have a lot of people up. We try [to] push the outside halfback up, but it's hard. It seemed like we were always outnumbered."

C. Milton Wright 5, Havre de Grace: Christine Nicewonger's goal and two assists led the Mustangs (10-4) as they cruised to the win over the Warriors in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship game at Aberdeen.

No. 3 McDonogh 1, No. 2 Notre Dame Prep 1: The host Blazers (11-3-1) took a 1-0 lead on Cynthia Gamboa's first-half goal, but Brittany Tegeler answered in the second half to give the Eagles (12-3-2) the tie.

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