Teams are picture perfect in finals

Boys and girls soccer grab four titles


November 22, 2006|By Glenn Graham and Katherine Dunn | Glenn Graham and Katherine Dunn,sun reporters

There was a dramatic come-from-behind finish, a standout returning from injury to make good, a perfect season and an icing-on-the-cake shutout to close out the weekend.

On Friday and Saturday at UMBC Stadium, Howard County boldly stated its case and stole the state soccer championship show with four state titles in four tries.

The Mount Hebron boys opened by rallying with two goals in the final eight minutes for a 2-1 win over North Carroll in the Class 3A final Friday.

Hammond, the state runner-up in Class 2A last season, was up next, and the Bears made no mistake with a 3-1 win over Loch Raven as senior standout Mostafa Ebrahimnejad (one goal, one assist) recovered from a broken collarbone for the playoff run.

On Saturday, it was the girls' turn when River Hill completed a perfect 20-0 season with a 1-0 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase for the Class 3A crown before Glenelg followed suit with a 1-0 win over Parkside to capture the Class 2A title.

The four championships brought the total for Howard County to a combined 62 among the boys and girls. The boys, dating to 1969, have captured 42, with Oakland Mills leading the way with 12. The girls have won 20 crowns since 1989, including a county-high six from Centennial.

Gladiators rally

Glenelg's field hockey team came a long way from the early days of the season to reach last week's state final.

The Gladiators (13-5-2) started 0-3 but lost only one game after that until they ran into a fast, smooth-passing Hereford team in the Class 2A championship, falling, 2-0.

Along the way, they avenged their regular-season loss to Centennial with a 3-2 overtime victory in the Howard County championship game.

In the regional playoffs, they rolled over Howard, Hammond and Patuxent and came from behind to beat Winters Mill, 3-1, in the state semifinals.

Amy Thompson led the Gladiators in scoring with 16 goals and six assists while Kristen Keravich added nine goals and 11 assists. Kyle Evans, Leah Cossentino and Kristy Black each contributed nine goals and six assists.

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