Cavaliers' reversal leads to playoffs

Girls soccer squad wins five straight

Notebook

November 12, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Coach Jerry Janowich never doubted the potential of his South Carroll girls soccer team during a mid-season funk that saw the Cavaliers win just one of six games.

The same, however, couldn't be said for his players.

"The kids just didn't believe they were that good," Janowich said. "Then all of the sudden it just kicked into gear. I just can't explain it."

After going 1-4-1 during a three-week stretch last month - and hitting numerous posts along the way - the Cavaliers regrouped to win five straight, including a shootout win over Middletown to earn their first trip to the state semifinals since 1992.

"Our whole foundation this year was built on better defending and fitness," said Janowich, who was determined to improve those aspects after a disappointing performance in last year's playoffs. "These kids have bought into that, and what you've been seeing is the result."

Led by top scorers Kristen Harris, Amanda Wharton and Raeanna Simmons, as well as goalie Amanda Montemore, South Carroll became the county's hottest team, outscoring opponents 18-2 in the two weeks prior to the state playoffs. Janowich said it will take a while to digest the accomplishments of this season.

"We're so new to this," he said. "We saw something special in the beginning of the year. We knew there was something there ... we just didn't know what it would turn into."

Hursey signs

North Carroll cross country and track and field standout Katie Hursey will sign a national letter of intent tomorrow to attend Syracuse University.

The senior has won back-to-back Carroll County cross country championships, and last fall posted the fastest time of any runner at the state cross country meet.

Last spring, she captured county titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Honor for Martz

Francis Scott Key running back Brad Martz had one of his best games of the season last week to earn a share of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference Offensive Player of the Week award.

Martz, a junior, rushed 17 times for 201 yards, including touchdown runs of 17, 6 and 43 yards, to lead the Eagles to a 33-13 win over Liberty.

It marked the second time this season that Martz ran for more than 200 yards, after gaining 229 against South Carroll last month.

His latest effort gave him more than 1,100 yards for the season, before Friday's game against Winters Mill.

Eagles quarterback Chris Kolb also earned it for his performance in a 49-42 win over Westminster in September.

A strong finish

Liberty boys soccer coach Ed DeVincent has a long list of accomplishments on his resume, including last year's Class 2A title. After scrambling to replace eight starters earlier this season, however, last week's trip to the regional finals may be among his best.

The Lions emerged from some early season struggles to become one of the county's most unlikely success stories.

"We really had to replace a lot of people from last year, Given that, 11-5-1 is not too bad," DeVincent said.

To submit news and story ideas about Carroll County high school athletics, contact Rich Scherr at CarrollSports@comcast.net.

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