Towson in final

River Hill out

Generals top Huntingtown, 2-1

Tuscarora edges No. 3 Hawks in 2 OTs

High schools

Girls soccer

November 12, 2005|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FREDERICK -- Towson suffered through a season filled with injuries and bad breaks. But the Generals got a few good breaks last night and earned their first trip to the state final in 14 years.

Julie Cavanaugh and Nora Truscello scored goals 2:10 apart early in the second half, and goalie Amy Exner came off the bench after missing the entire season to make eight second-half saves as Towson rallied for a 2-1 victory over Huntingtown in a Class 3A state semifinal at Tuscarora.

Towson (10-6-1) stretched its unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1) and will meet Tuscarora in the state final Thursday or Friday at UMBC. The host Titans won the other semifinal earlier, stunning No. 3 River Hill, 1-0, on Rachel Micol's goal with 21 seconds left in double overtime.

Exner had missed the whole season after breaking her jaw during a scrimmage with Bel Air in August. She'd been cleared to play recently, but coach Jeff Tessier didn't decide to put her in until during this game. Holly Ziegler started and made four saves, but Tessier made the move.

"I was still kind of shaky till the end," Exner said. "But it was [mostly] from excitement."

Tessier's team lost nine starters to injuries and was down to 14 players at one point. But everyone's back now, and the Generals haven't lost since Oct. 6.

"We've got our work cut out with Tuscarora," Tessier said. "We're going to enjoy it now."

Huntingtown (9-5-1) took a 1-0 lead into the second half, but Cavanaugh got the first good break. She took a nice through ball from Emily Franke and broke in alone. The rebound of her shot bounced right back to her, and Cavanaugh put it into the empty net with 34:14 left.

Truscello scored 2:10 later when she sent a long ball toward the cage off a restart that the goalie couldn't handle and went in for the 2-1 lead.

River Hill (15-3) didn't get the good bounce, either. Molly Franklin sent a long ball toward the cage, and River Hill goalie Ellie Williams deflected it up off the crossbar. But the ball then bounced off the post and came down to Micol - and she easily tapped it in for the win.

Tuscarora (17-1) won the Class 1A state title last year, its first season of varsity competition.

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