River Hill rules 3A East

Girls soccer

High School


After losing in the East Region finals two years in a row, host River Hill advanced to the Class 3A girls soccer semifinals last night by edging North Harford, 2-1.

As the River Hill players packed up their cleats and jerseys inside the gym lobby at River Hill High, one of them looked up at a regional championship plaque and said: "Kiss that plaque. It's ours."

Third-seeded River Hill dominated the game but did not put No. 5 seed North Harford away until the end. River Hill scored first on a goal by Erica Suter, but North Harford tied the game late in the first half on a score by Stephanie Mergler.

Midway through the second half, midfielder Erika Theisen corralled a loose ball among several North Harford defenders. Standing at the top left corner of the North Harford goalie box, she turned around and blasted a left-footed shot high into the net, giving River Hill a 2-1 lead with 25 minutes to play.

The North Harford defenders "all kept coming at me and all of the sudden, the ball was through," Theisen said. "I was shocked."

The River Hill defense took over from there. North Harford didn't manage a shot for the rest of the game, but the host team had to withstand a brief, sudden thunderstorm in stoppage time before it could celebrate.

No. 4 C. Milton Wright 3, Sherwood 2 -- Kendra Arsenault scored the game-winner for the host Mustangs (13-2) with just over two minutes left after Chelsie Genco's shot was blocked by Warriors keeper Katie Davis. The Mustangs jumped out to a 1-0 first-half lead on Genco's goal shortly before the game was delayed for a half hour because of a severe knee injury to the Mustangs' Jen Warner. At the start of the second half, Genco scored again for a two-goal advantage. Sherwood scored twice in a five-minute span to tie the game. The game was delayed again for a half-hour, this time because of lightning.teams. Mustangs keeper Katie Kolv made 23 saves.

No. 9 Chesapeake-AA 1, No. 12 Broadneck 0 -- Amanda Pappas' diving header off a corner kick from Sara Jessilonis in the 75th minute made the Cougars (14-3-1) 4A East regional champs. "It was a hard fought game that could've gone either way," Chesapeake coach Jerry McBee said. "It was the way a championship game should be played."

No. 13 Eastern Tech 4, Loch Raven 0 -- Katie McKay scored two four first-half goals for the host Mavericks (8-2-1) in Class 2A North to advance to the state semifinals.

Towson 3, Franklin 2 -- Nora Truscello (two goals, one assist) and Julie Cavanaugh (one goal, one assist) led the Generals over the host Indians and into the state semifinals.

Sparrows Point 2, Catoctin 0 -- Ashley Wendler and Jackie Moser each scored in the first half, powering the Pointers (14-2) past the Cougars (11-3-1) in the 1A South regional final at CCBC-Dundalk.

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