Tuscarora beats Towson, is 3A champ

Girls soccer

High Schools

November 18, 2005|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Tuscarora might be the new kid on the block, but the Frederick County school is quickly turning into a powerhouse for girls soccer.

In just their third year of existence, the Titans (18-1) won their second state title, beating Towson, 2-0, in the Class 3A championship game at UMBC Stadium last night. Tuscarora also won the 1A title last year, and with only two seniors on the roster and four Olympic Development Program players returning next year, the Titans could be poised for another run.

"Towson is a hard-nosed team, and they showed a lot of character throughout the year," said Titans coach Mike Wolcott, whose team is ranked 25th nationally. "The big thing for us all year was not necessarily winning games, because that is the big picture, but controlling the game and dictating the pace of it. I thought we did a nice job of that in the second half."

The Titans kept the Generals (10-7-1) on their heels for most of the first half with quick passes around defenders and nice runs off the ball that resulted in several shots on goal. Tuscarora finally broke through with 21 minutes left in the first half when sophomore Courtney Yee took a short pass from Amanda Meehan and rifled a shot from 25 yards out that sailed past Towson goalie Amy Exner.

After taking the early lead, the Titans continued to attack Towson, which had trouble mounting any offense. Tuscarora scored again with 14:47 left in the game when senior Molly Franklin took a pass from Yee on a quick counterattack and slotted the ball past Exner to the far post.

"We knew we had to come out and get that early goal to set the tone," said Franklin, who will play at Clemson next year. "At halftime, we had a talk because we were not playing the type of soccer we are capable of playing. We wanted to come out in the second half and get another goal and finish off the game."

Tuscarora's only defeat came in its first game, a 2-1 loss to Sherwood. The Titans finished the season with 53 goals and allowed only five.

Towson coach Jeff Tessier said the biggest trouble with his team was the caliber of its opponent. The Generals overcame several injuries throughout the season, including a broken jaw suffered by Exner, and Tessier said he was happy with the way his team responded in getting to its first state final in 15 years.

"[Tuscarora has] a tremendous program, but I just can't be more proud of my girls. The whole year they just kept pushing," Tessier said.

Goals: TU-Franklin, Yee. Assists: TU-Yee, Meehan. Saves: TU-Simpkins 2; TO-Exner 8. Half: TU, 1-0.

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