Pointers' turnaround reaches end in semis

Smithsburg 2 Sparrows Point 1

Girls soccer

November 14, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun Reporter

With an impressive midseason turnaround and a dramatic comeback win last week to capture its fifth region title in seven years, the Sparrows Point girls soccer team earned its way back to another Class 1A state semifinal.

But a strong team effort and fortunate bounce that turned into a first-half goal wasn't enough to advance any further against defending state champion Smithsburg last night at Broadneck High.

In a rematch of last year's title game, the Leopards of Washington County moved on with a 2-1 win on a second-half goal from senior captain Katie Seifarth.

After starting the season with a 3-5 mark, the Pointers (9-7) won six of seven games before running into Smithsburg last night.

Sparrows Point coach Conrad Snyder said a key win over neighborhood rival Patapsco helped the Pointers make the special run.

"Toward the middle of the season, the light bulb came on and they saw what they could do and we've just been riding that up to the state semifinals," he said. "The girls played as well as you could expect against a team like Smithsburg."

Tied at 1 midway through the second half, Smithsburg scored its second goal off a corner kick when Seifarth knocked in a ball in front for the game-winner. The Pointers' best chance to tie came in the last minute when senior Kristen Collison took a free kick from 20 yards out. But unlike the win over Poolesville in the region final, when she tied the score with five seconds left on a direct kick, her shot sailed just high over the crossbar, with the final whistle blowing 30 seconds later.

In the first half, sophomore Melissa Wampler collected a ball at midfield and bounced a shot over Smithsburg goalie Kirsten Cacciola.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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