More disappointment for John Carroll's girls soccer

Top-seeded Patriots fall in A Conference semifinals for 2nd consecutive season

November 11, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the second consecutive year, the John Carroll girls soccer team found trouble in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals.

St. Vincent Pallotti knocked off top-seeded John Carroll, 1-0, on Nov. 1. The Patriots fell to Archbishop Spalding in last year's semifinals.

Spalding and Pallotti went on to win the championships.

The double-overtime loss to Pallotti left the Patriots with a season-ending mark of 17-5. John Carroll had beaten Pallotti, 2-1, in the regular season, but the Laurel school scored the game-winning goal off of a corner kick in the second overtime.

"We were a good team," John Carroll coach Gary Lynch said. "It was a good year for us. We won the regular-season A Conference [title] and got the top seed, so we did well."

Senior Jenna Quaranta was one of the team's pleasant surprises this season. She led the team with 11 goals and seven assists, and Lynch said the senior grew into an impact player.

"She came into her own this season and really made a difference," Lynch said.

Senior midfielder Allyson Carey helped with 12 goals and four assists. Junior Brittany Dashiell was the team's top marker and often started the offense from the back.

The Patriots faced their usual tough schedule and came up with big wins over McDonogh, Pallotti and defending champion Spalding.

Postseason update

Three Harford teams were still alive in various state semifinals this past weekend, with two more getting ready for a state title date this week.

The Fallston field hockey team will play in the Class 3A state final Tuesday at Broadneck against perennial power Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Fallston has won nine state titles but none since 2001. BCC has 13 state championships.

Fallston advanced with an impressive 5-1 victory over Centennial last week. Lindsey Puckett led the way with three goals.

The C. Milton Wright girls soccer team advanced to the Class 4A state final with a 2-1 victory over Severna Park in double overtime Thursday.

Bel Air (boys soccer), Fallston (volleyball) and Havre de Grace (volleyball) each were in this weekend's state semifinals. Bel Air's Bobcats were scheduled to meet Franklin from Baltimore County in the Class 3A state semifinals last night at North Hagerstown.

The Bobcats didn't have an easy road to the final four, needing two penalty-kick victories -- over Fallston and Centennial -- to win their region. The Fallston volleyball team also was scheduled to play yesterday in the Class 3A East regional final. Second-seeded Fallston (16-1) was to meet top-seeded Reservoir in Howard County.

The Mustangs' girls soccer team struggled at times this year, not winning the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title for the first time, but now it's easy to see why coach Paul Austin wasn't too upset after his team's loss to Fallston a few weeks ago virtually eliminated them from that race.

"We'll just get ready for the playoffs now and try to [do well] there," he said that night.

The Mustangs won the Class 4A state title two years ago and were in the state semifinals the previous fall.

Havre de Grace was the county's biggest surprise.

The Warriors made it to the Class 1A state semifinals last year but struggled this season, going 2-12. However, they won two games in the Class 1A East regional to make the championship match yesterday at Bohemia Manor.

On the road again

The Bel Air and Edgewood football teams will have one thing in common next year -- they'll each play all 10 of their games on the road because of school renovations,

Ken Zorbach, supervisor of high school athletics and physical education in Harford County, said that Bel Air will be a road team for the second straight year because of construction at the school. Zorbach said the Bobcats hope to be hosting home football games in 2009.

Edgewood played the final game on its field nine days ago. Zorbach said construction of a building there is going to force the Rams on the road for "a minimum of two years."

Just like the Bobcats this year, Edgewood will be considered the home team in certain spots, but the location is going to be away from the school.

Football playoffs

Harford County could have two No. 1 seeds in the football playoffs.

Joppatowne had virtually locked up the top seed in the Class 1A East regional playoffs heading into the final game of the regular season this weekend.

Havre de Grace had a good chance to finish as the No. 4 seed and would then face Joppatowne in a first-round game.

The Mariners beat Havre de Grace in the regular season and would likely host the playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday.

North Harford was in good shape in Class 3A East, but the Hawks likely needed a win to clinch that spot.

The Hawks could lose and still get the first seed in the region but would need help to do it.

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