Yancey lifts No. 2 Hawks to sixth straight victory

River Hill 2 Glenelg 1

Girls Soccer

Varsity

September 22, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

Step right up, it's your turn.

That's been the calling card for the undefeated River Hill girls soccer team so far this season.

In the No. 2 Hawks' six wins this fall, they have had five different players score a game-winning goal. Yesterday against Howard County rival and No. 8 Glenelg, it was sophomore Britany Yancey's turn to settle the score with a goal in the 75th minute to lead the home team to a 2-1 win.

In improving to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league play, the Hawks have outscored their opponents 20-4, getting goals from all directions. Late in yesterday's game, anticipation and hard work by Yancey came before her corner-finding shot from 15 yards from the left side.

"It just deflected off a defender and went to me, so I kind of kept going. And then I shot it and it hit the post and went in. I looked up before I shot the ball and the far post was open, so I tried to hit it there," she said.

After junior Erica Suter gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, the Gladiators (2-3-1, 0-1-1) tied it just before the half on a fine individual effort from Diana Apel. The senior forward won a ball at midfield, made a strong run down the right side before cutting to the middle and finishing from 12 yards out.

Allowing the late goal had the Hawks down, but it didn't last through the halftime break.

"I asked the girls: `Why are you down? It's 1-1,' " River Hill coach Brian Song said.

In the second half, the Hawks controlled the midfield and created more chances, getting their reward from Yancey.

Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan credited River Hill for slowing his group down.

"They were quicker to the ball than us in the second half and we lost the midfield," he said. "We got tired. ... It takes a lot of energy to stay with kids that are good."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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