Willis' goalkeeping leads Eastern Tech into rankings

October 17, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace and Katherine Dunn | Stefen Lovelace and Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTERS

The Eastern Tech boys soccer team started last week unranked and with two tough tests coming up.

By the end of the week, the Mavericks had entered the rankings at No. 15 after tying then-No. 11 Perry Hall, 0-0, defeating then-No. 7 Towson, 2-0, and cruising to a 4-0 victory over Kenwood.

The coaching staff stresses execution in three categories, and the Mavericks did all three successfully last week.

"First and foremost, the most important one is defensive organization and responsibility," coach Peter Glaudemans said. "Second is battling for the loose balls in the middle. Third is getting into the attacking zone and attacking with a lot of energy."

Mavericks goalkeeper Ricky Willis had a spectacular week, registering back-to-back shutouts against Perry Hall and Towson, giving him seven for the season. He also combined for a shutout with fellow keeper Tyler Wheat in the Kenwood victory.

"We're fortunate to have a fantastic goalie this year," Glaudemans said. "He has great poise in the box. He made some very key saves this week."

David Cash scored two goals for the Mavericks against Towson, and William Ball had two against Kenwood.

Raiders aim for title

Despite tying Eastern Tech for the Baltimore County championship last season, Loch Raven's girls soccer team still flew under the radar much of this fall.

Eclipsed by a Catonsville team that was cruising along unbeaten, the Raiders weren't getting a lot of notice - until Thursday when they broke the Comets' winning streak. Add Monday's 7-0 win over Owings Mills, and the Raiders are 6-0 in Division I and on their way to next week's county title game.

Sa' Sha Kershaw and Samantha Hannibal scored a goal each in the 2-0 victory over the Comets. Backs Jamie Fahey, Allison Dauses, Emma Davis and Sarah Krejcik and goalies Danielle Delisle and Megan Sudia have combined for eight shutouts.

Coach Mike Parker said the Raiders (10-2-1 overall), who reached the state semifinals last fall, have gotten boosts from midfielder Kershaw, a transfer from John Carroll who has 10 goals and two assists, and striker Hannibal, who missed last season with a collarbone fracture and has eight goals and five assists.

"Picking up Sa' Sha with Taylor Moyer in the middle, who's started for four years, adds that little extra piece - that combination of Sa' Sha's ball distribution and Sam's speed," said Parker, who added that his team is also much deeper this season.

Richardson takes 2nd

Milford Mill's Devonne Richardson finished second in the 18-hole competition at the state Girls Golf Challenge on Saturday at Forest Park Golf Course.

Richardson shot 79 and finished two shots behind Churchill's Diana Brown in the field of 23 golfers. Both girls shot 39 on the front nine.

The first of what is expected to be an annual event, the Challenge is separate from the state championships, which begin Monday at the University of Maryland Golf Course. The event also featured a nine-hole challenge and a clinic.

Saints' scoring leader

Lutheran's Alora Gullivan already is ahead of the blistering scoring pace she set for herself last season on the field hockey team. After scoring 17 goals as a junior, she has 19 goals as a senior along with six assists.

"Alora is just as aggressive in practice as she is in games," Saints coach Katy Pfeffer said. "Every minute she's playing, it's like there's not going to be another."

The Saints, co-champs in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference in 2005 and runners-up to Mercy last fall, were 12-3 overall and 10-1 in the conference going into yesterday's game with Mercy.

In addition to Gullivan's contributions, Alexa Marquardt has eight goals while Rachael Keshishian controls the midfield. Goalie Megan Lastner and back Taylor Allen lead a defense that has posted 10 shutouts and allowed just eight goals.

Best Bulls in a while?

After his three first-half touchdowns led then-No. 9 Hereford's 44-23 romp over then-No. 8 Parkville (5-1) in Baltimore County 4A-3A League action, Lonnie Liggins said this team (6-0) is the best he has played on in four years.

"I think this is the strongest and fastest team we've ever had," Liggins said of the Bulls, who have won three state titles, the most recent in 2002, and were a finalist his freshman year (2004).

"Our whole backfield benches 300 pounds and squats about 400 pounds. We worked and worked, and ran and ran this past summer to get ready for this season. All our juniors knew we had to step it up."

Hereford, now Class 3A, dominated the county 2A-1A League, winning eight titles in 11 years.

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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