Mustangs Post Upset In Varsity Premiere

Girls Soccer Team Tops Centennial

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September 13, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,sun reporter

The indirect kick came from 20 yards outside the penalty area, a chip over the defense that had been set up at the 18-yard mark.

The goalkeeper got a piece of it, but the ball stayed right in front. "And then one of our players got a touch on it to get it by the goalkeeper, and I just finished it off. I was just in the right place," Marriotts Ridge junior forward Mary Kate Morani said.

And with that, history was made.

Morani's goal was not only the Mustangs' first - coming in the ninth minute of its first varsity game Sept. 6 - but it also proved to be the game-winner in a stunning 1-0 upset over two-time defending county champ champion Centennial.

"It was crazy and awesome, and we couldn't believe it. [The next day at school] everyone had heard about it, so we'd be walking down the hallway and everyone was saying, `Yeah, girls soccer!' We were so excited," Morani said.

What impressed Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey the most was her young team's focus: before the game and, most important, after the goal.

The Mustangs - made up of four juniors, 11 sophomores and three freshmen - overcame a strong second-half flurry from the Eagles, who continually pressed forward in a bid to find the equalizer. Freshman goalie Samantha Olson finished with 13 saves to get the shutout.

"I've been preaching to them from Day 1 that we have the speed and skills, but physically we're at a disadvantage moving up as a varsity program. So we've learned that we've got to use our strengths to our advantage. We have to come in with heart and intensity and understand that physically we might be overmatched, but we'll make up for it in other ways," said Grey, who used all 18 players to get past Centennial.

Added Morani: "We may be little in size, but we have a lot of heart."

Taking over

River Hill sophomore Mike Campanaro needed only one half in his first varsity football game to showcase his skills.

In the Hawks' 28-7 win over Centennial on Friday, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound halfback scored on a 60-yard punt return, followed that with a 35-yard touchdown catch from senior quarterback Daniel Hostetler and then ran 20 yards for a third touchdown.

Campanaro has familiar shoes to fill. Last season, his older brother, Nick Campanaro, was a first-team All-County running back for the Hawks before moving on to play at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.

The two brothers have different running styles.

"Nick was more of a fullback type - bigger and stronger. He likes to just run over people. Whereas Mike is quicker, more like a shifty runner who would rather make people miss than try to run them over," River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen said.

On Friday, River Hill will be home against Glenelg and new coach Butch Schaffer, who enjoyed a 21-7 win over Howard in his coaching debut last weekend.

Van Deusen, a quarterback, and Schaffer, a wide receiver, were teammates at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) in the mid-'90s. In 1994, they connected on an 87-yard touchdown - the third longest in school history.

Just getting started

The No. 7 River Hill volleyball team displayed its talent and depth in its season-opening win over No. 6 Towson last week.

Without starting setter Becky Paynter, who injured her wrist in a car accident days before the Sept. 5 match, the Hawks still rolled to a 3-1 victory.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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