Clean sweep for River Hill

Girls edge Centennial, boys top Oakland Mills to win Howard titles


October 24, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

The River Hill girls soccer team got three goals from junior Brittany Yancey and timely saves from sophomore goalkeeper Carylynne Hudson but still needed a late-game hero to get past No. 7 Centennial in yesterday's Howard County championship game.

The No. 5 Hawks turned to a familiar source: senior Erica Suter.

The All-Metro forward scored her 16th goal of the season with five minutes left in regulation - putting away a ball in front on a long throw from Amy Song - to give the Hawks a 4-3 win for their second straight title.

After Yancey and six first-half saves from Hudson (11 saves) gave the Hawks (13-1-1) a 2-0 halftime lead, Centennial senior forward Alyssa Vorce scored three goals in a 12-minute stretch to give the Eagles (11-3-1) a 3-2 lead midway through the second half.

Back came Yancey, who headed in the tying goal off another throw-in by Song with 14 minutes left.

"That was very stressful. ... The whole team was kind of in panic mode [after Centennial took the 3-2 lead] because last year when we played them in the playoffs [they took a 3-2 lead, also].

"So, it kind of brought back old memories and was stressful, but we pulled it out in the end," said Yancey, who has 10 goals and 12 assists for the season.

Boys championship

Junior Moni Sallam headed home a cross from junior Mike Doyle with 9:03 left in the first half, and the host No. 6 River Hill defense protected the lead with tight marking and a key late save from senior goalkeeper Pat Hudson to secure the Howard County title with a 1-0 victory.

No. 14 Oakland Mills made the home team earn the win with consistent pressure in the final minutes of the second half. Its best chance came with 11:50 left when Thomas Consiglio got a shot off in traffic from 8 yards, but Hudson made the save to maintain the lead.

The Hawks also defended two Oakland Mills corner kicks in the final minute.

After a 1-4 start including a county-opening loss to Mount Hebron, the Hawks (11-4) have won 10 straight county games, allowing just six goals during that span.

"It was a tough game against a fine team. I don't think we played our best, but we were able to find a way to win, so that's very encouraging," said River Hill coach Matt Shagogue.

Shagogue recognized defenders J.T. Bowers and Corey Krewson for their play.

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