River Hill takes 3A East crown

River Hill 3 Mount Hebron 2

Girls soccer

November 08, 2006|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

River Hill coach Brian Song expected an unlikely hero to emerge in last night's Class 3A East region girls soccer final against visiting No. 7 Mount Hebron, and he was not disappointed.

He knew the Vikings would be focused on shutting down All-Metro forward Erika Theisen, and that would open some space for the other River Hill forwards.

It was freshman Anna Kim who capitalized by scoring a pair of goals less than two minutes apart in the first half to lead the No. 2 Hawks to a 3-2 victory.

It was River Hill's first regional crown since 2001.

"I was speechless after I scored both goals," Kim said. "I took advantage of the opportunities."

Sara Tankard opened the scoring for the Hawks six minutes into the game when she took a pass across the penalty area from her sister, Janie Tankard, and fired a low shot that found the far corner of the goal. Mount Hebron tied the game four minutes later when Jacqueline Giles knocked in a rebound off her shot that was initially saved by Hawks goalie Ellie Williams.

River Hill (18-0) took control of the game when Kim slotted a loose ball in the box past the goalie with 11 minutes left in the half, and then struck again less than two minutes later when her high shot found the far corner of the goal, making the score 3-1.

It was the third time River Hill beat Mount Hebron (14-3-1) by a goal this season, including a 1-0 victory in the Howard County championship game.

"[Kim] comes off the bench, but she has still scored seven goals this year. She plays maybe 10 or 15 minutes a game, but she plays very well," Song said. "It is very difficult to beat a team three times in one season. We kept our composure."

A heavy rain began to fall in the second half, but Mount Hebron managed to cut its deficit to 3-2 when Giles scored her second goal of the game when her cross found the far corner of the net.

The teams traded several chances in the final minutes of the game, but neither could find the goal on the muddy field.

"When we finish our long throws, which was obviously tough in the rain, and when we finish our corner kicks, then we have an opportunity to beat River Hill. It did not happen today," Mount Hebron coach Tim Deppen said.

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