Leonardtown tops Perry Hall, 2-1

Goals from Devine, Errington lift Raiders into Class 4A state title game vs. Quince Orchard

Girls soccer

Varsity

November 12, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

What separated the Perry Hall girls soccer team from making a fifth Class 4A state title game appearance was a formidable Leonardtown team that showed all season long it could put the ball in the net.

Despite getting an early goal and defending valiantly throughout, the Gators simply couldn't keep the Raiders from St. Mary's County in check.

Leonardtown ended the first half with a tying goal from Kaitlyn Devine and produced the game-winner four minutes into the second half when Taelor Errington pounded a header home off a corner kick from Devine for a 2-1 win at Churchill in Pocomoke. The Raiders (16-1-1) will take on Quince Orchard - a 1-0 double-overtime winner over Eleanor Roosevelt in last night's other semifinal - Thursday at UMBC. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The Gators, who knocked out defending state champ C. Milton Wright to win the North region, finished the season with a 12-5 mark.

"We worked hard and did what we could, but I don't think we played at the top of our game - stuff happens. We had some real good games this season, but I just don't think we played as aggressive as we usually do tonight," senior goalie Jessica Stumpf said.

Perry Hall took a 1-0 lead when senior forward Jennifer Schmitt neatly found the right corner with a header off a free kick from Abbey Bentz in the 11th minute, but the Gators were forced to defend the majority of the remaining minutes of the first half.

The Raiders' persistent attack paid off with a pivotal tying goal that came with just under four minutes left before the break.

Devine just beat Stumpf to through ball sent in by Lina Cords at the left edge of the penalty area, one-touching a shot into the vacant net to provide the tying goal. The Raiders, who have now scored 48 goal in their 18 games, carried the momentum into the second half, getting the header from Errington off a well-place corner kick by Devine to take the lead for good.

The Gators' best chance to tie came in the 65th minute when Eliza Burke turned and fired from 12 yards, but Leonardtown goalie Dana O'Neil was right where she neded to be to make the save.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

No. 2 River Hill 5, Towson 0 -- The Hawks were able to spread out their offense as Erica Suter, Brittany Yancey and Semret Seyoum each scored a goal, while Erika Theisen scored twice, in a win at Severna Park. River Hill will play Bethesda-Chevy Chase (15-2), which beat Huntingtown (15-3) in a penalty-kick shootout in yesterday's other semifinal, later this week in search of their first state championship since 2001. The Hawks have won 19 straight games and goalie Ellie Williams recorded her 10th shutout of the year. The Generals (10-6) had trouble matching up with the athleticism and size of River Hill and tried to build their offense around counter attacks. The Hawks, however, are able to swarm back on defense just as quickly as they launch their offensive attack, and were never threatened in the match. Towson able to create several chances in the second half, but could not find a finishing touch

Todd Karpovich

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