Hawks win Howard title for 7th time

River Hill 1 Mount Hebron 0

Girls soccer

October 25, 2006|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The No. 2 River Hill girls soccer team captured its seventh Howard County championship in 10 years last night with a 1-0 win over visiting No. 13 Mount Hebron, but the post-game celebration was tempered.

The Hawks set a goal of a state championship after coming up short in last season's semifinals, and the league championship was viewed as just another step. Erika Theisen scored the only goal in the first half, and she said the experience of this year's team, which has nine seniors, could be the difference in capturing the school's first state title since 2001.

"We all love each other, we all score goals and we are a tight team," said Theisen, a first-team All-Metro pick last season who has committed to play soccer at the University of Maryland. "We are trying to do better this year than last year. We have more experience this year and are more comfortable with each other."

It was the first time the county held a championship game in girls soccer. Previously, the team with the best regular-season record was crowned champion.

The teams appeared to struggle with the weather early, as each squad created few chances. However, Theisen took a pass from Brittany Yancey at the top corner of the penalty area, pushed the ball by her defender and then fired a shot just under the crossbar with 12:45 left in the first half.

The temperature at the start was 47 degrees with 14-mph winds, so both teams relied on short passes. River Hill (15-0) outshot Mount Hebron 11-5.

"[We] did a good job keeping our composure, and we have had a different person step up each game," Hawks coach Brian Song said.

Kathryn Lally had several dangerous free kicks for Mount Hebron (10-2-1), but the ball either skidded wide or was stopped by River Hill goalie Ellie Williams (seven saves).

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