Winters Mill's Cooke makes statement

Her two goals, assist give Falcons soccer win over No. 14 Liberty

Fall sports

October 03, 2007|By Rick Scherr | Rick Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Cassie Cooke is a girl of few words when it comes to her All-County soccer career. The Winters Mill junior prefers to let her play do the talking.

Last night against No. 14 Liberty, the midfielder's performance spoke volumes.

Cooke scored a pair of goals - including one after a spectacular half-field drive late in the game - and set up the other with a throw-in to lead the host Falcons to a 3-1 win in a key Carroll County game.

"I could just tell from practice that she was going to have that kind of game," Winters Mill coach Kirk Kucharski said. "She was nailing shots left and right. I walked up to her before the game and she said she was feeling it tonight."

Said teammate Missy Rankin: "She's got a little switch. When she turns it on, it's full blast."

Still, it was Liberty (6-3-1) that controlled play for much of the first half, winning the majority of loose balls and often beating the Falcons downfield. The Lions took the early lead midway through the half on Cheyenne Skidmore's goal after a restart deep in the Falcons' end.

Just 70 seconds later, however, Winters Mill (5-2-1) tied it when Cooke, who transferred from Westminster, sent a direct kick high in the air from about 30-yards out on the right side, arching it over the head of goalie Caitlin Prince.

After Liberty missed a pair of golden chances late in the half, Winters Mill took a 2-1 lead about 35 seconds before halftime when Cooke sent a throw-in toward the goal mouth and it squirted through to Rankin, who punched it in from close range.

Cooke then sealed the win with 6:37 to play, first outrunning a defender down the right side of the field, then faking out two others and firing a hard shot from 15 yards out.

No. 12 Institute of Notre Dame 2, Pallotti 0 -- Sabrina Mullaney and Cat Sipes scored in the second half to lead the Indians (8-3-1) past the Panthers. Mullaney scored first when she cashed in on a cross pass from Gabby Devaud 10 minutes into the second half. Sipes scored on another cross-kick, this time from Mara Hauf.

Boys soccer

No. 4 Archbishop Curley 2, Loyola 1 -- Bash Kamara scored the game-winner on a breakaway nine minutes into overtime to lift the Friars (13-2) over the host Dons. Jason Kremer scored on a header in the 37th minute to give Curley a 1-0 lead. But Loyola's Adam Parr tied it in the 67th minute to force overtime.

No. 7 Severna Park 6, Southern 0 -- Sean Bunoski scored two goals and Ryan Furton had a goal and three assists as the host Falcons (7-1-0) defeated the Bulldogs. Chris Gilmore, Colin Lay and Kevin Zingler added goals for Severna Park.

No. 14 Mount St. Joseph 1, Gilman 0 -- David Arnold scored the game-winner with 15 minutes left in the game to lift the host Gaels (6-5) over the Greyhounds.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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