Eastern Tech girls eye repeat of 2005 soccer state title

November 14, 2007|By Katherine Dunn and Stefen Lovelace | Katherine Dunn and Stefen Lovelace,SUN REPORTERS

Two years ago, Eastern Tech's girls soccer team brought home a state championship, and coach Kim Williams sees some key similarities between then and now as the Mavericks prepare for another title game Saturday.

"Both teams have a really high work ethic," Williams said. "They work hard every day. They put 150 percent effort into their practices, and they try their best to do the same thing in the games."

The No. 10 Mavericks will face No. 2 River Hill, last year's Class 3A champion, for the title Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Broadneck High.

In 2005, the Mavericks defeated Middletown, 1-0, for their first state title. This is their first return trip to the final.

In Saturday's 1-0 semifinal win over Parkside, Amber Womack's goal three minutes before halftime was enough offense thanks to an airtight defense in the second half.

Defenders Madison Bell, Caitlin Woolford, Kelsey Ports and Carissa Zacharski and second-half goalie Ari Willem held off a surging Parkside squad, especially late in the game.

"It was really our defense that came through for us," Williams said. "The last 10-12 minutes of the half felt like forever. They kept coming at us and coming at us."

Williams said the Mavericks know River Hill will be tough, coming as it does out of a strong Howard County league, but Bell, the only player left from the 2005 championship team, has motivated her teammates with her season-long determination to get back to the title game.

The Mavericks will practice this week on artificial turf, renting space at Johns Hopkins to give them a better feel for the turf at Broadneck.

Pointers reach final

Sparrows Point's girls soccer team appeared to be in rebuilding mode early this season after graduating seven seniors, but the Pointers came together to reach the Class 1A state final.

"I did have a nucleus back of about half a dozen girls, so the cupboard wasn't bare," Pointers coach Conrad Snyder said. "This is by far the team that has the best chemistry. I've had more talented teams before, but this team just plays well together."

Sarah Strait and Lauren Miller scored the goals in Saturday's state semifinal as the Pointers (14-4) defeated Mardela, 2-0, while outshooting the Warriors 36-3.

Miller (13 goals) and Courtney Jackson (15) lead the team in scoring, and Gabby Antalffy and goalie Kelsey Eagan lead a defense that has posted 10 shutouts.

In their third trip to the title game in four years, the Pointers will meet Glenelg in Saturday's final at 5 p.m. at Broadneck.

"I would say talentwise [Glenelg has] a slight edge to them, but I like our team," Snyder said. "I think we can play with them. If we show urgency and if we execute, maybe we can pull a little upset."

Basketball Academy

The Basketball Academy held its annual kickoff breakfast last week, with coaches, athletic directors and supervisors in attendance to outline this year's event. The three-day academy, scheduled for Jan. 10-12, combines academics with boys and girls basketball games. It is in its 12th year.

Over the course of the event, athletes will participate in workshops that include SAT preparation courses, college administration, health and banking. The event also will feature a college fair that will be open to all students.

"In the large basketball tournaments, no one sees the academics and the enrichment end of it, but that's what it's all about," said Warren C. Hayman, academy co-chairman.

Participating schools are Catonsville, City, Digital Harbor, Dunbar, Dunbar (Washington), Dulaney, Douglass, Glen Burnie, Lake Clifton, Largo, Mervo, New Town, Parkville, Randallstown, Riverdale Baptist, St. Frances, Walbrook and Western.

Football playoffs

The football playoffs are set, and 12 teams from the city and Baltimore County have qualified.

No. 11 Perry Hall (9-1) clinched the No. 1 seed in 4A North. The top three seeds in 3A North are Baltimore County teams, with No. 5 Hereford (10-0) getting the top seed, followed by Catonsville (7-3) and Franklin (6-4).

In 2A North, No. 8 Eastern Tech (10-0) earned the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 12 City (8-2), reigning state champion No. 14 Edmondson (8-2) and No. 13 Poly (8-2).

In 1A North, Sparrow's Point (8-2) received the No. 1 seed and Chesapeake-Baltimore County (7-3) the No. 2. In 1A South, reigning champion No. 2 Dunbar (10-0) took the top spot and Digital Harbor (8-2) makes its first appearance in its four-year history, coming in at the No. 3 seed.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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