Mt. Hebron soccer led by senior star duo

Napolitano, Martinelli combine for 32 goals

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November 08, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun Reporter

The Mount Hebron boys soccer team perhaps has the finest one-two scoring punch in the metro area in senior strikers Mike Napolitano and Justin Martinelli.

The farther the No. 3 Vikings advance in the playoffs, the stronger the argument.

Going into yesterday's Class 3A East regional title game against Fallston, the two combined on seven goals and three assists in wins over River Hill, Annapolis and Severna Park. The two also loomed large in the Vikings' 2-1 win over Atholton in the county title game, with Martinelli providing the game-winner and Napolitano notching an assist.

"It's fun ... ," Martinelli said. "He's a college-level player with great skill, and to work with him up there really helps me out. It's not just a one-man job, it's two people up there, and [that] makes for twice as many goals."

Napolitano went into the week with 23 goals and 10 assists, while Martinelli -- who saw time in the midfield this season -- has added nine goals and four assists.

Senior center midfielder Zach Barnett also has played a big role in the Vikings' dominating attack.

"Martinelli and Napolitano they're unstoppable up front -- that's how I feel," Barnett said. "And then if I get up there, with my speed, I feel I can beat anybody. And as a team, we can do whatever."

Future is bright

While the Pallotti girls soccer team ended up one goal short of capturing the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown Sunday -- falling 1-0 to top-ranked Archbishop Spalding -- senior forward Annesia Faulkner had plenty of positives to fall back on.

She finished her four-year career with a staggering 107 goals, will play collegiately at Maryland, her first choice, and was part of the program's finest senior class.

"Four years ago, we were a middle-of-the-pack B Conference team, and now the last chance I had was to play in the A Conference championship game," Faulkner said. "I'm happy with that. I've had a great year and the team had a great year, and I see good things ahead for the program."

Quick hits

In advancing to yesterday's Class 2A South regional title game, the Atholton boys soccer team won two more 1-0 games with victories over Howard and Oakland Mills. That makes it nine 1-0 wins for the No. 8 Raiders (11-3-1) this season. ... After staking claim to the metro area's top spot for the first time ever last week, the River Hill football team made it business as usual with a 41-0 win over Howard on Friday. Junior running back Zach Martin ran for three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Daniel Hostetler threw for two more in the win. ... Centennial senior running back Alex Bechta ran for 87 yards in Friday's 44-0 win over Oakland Mills to become the Eagles' all-time career rushing leader with 2,100 yards. He surpassed 1994 graduate Rob Hauff's mark of 2,061 yards. glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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