Glenelg girls soccer going for third state title in row


November 06, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,

Who can say three-peat?

The Glenelg girls soccer team wants to be the one. The Gladiators have won five state championships in the past 12 years and are the two-time defending champs. On Monday, they won the 1A South title for the seventh time in that time frame and move on to the semifinals. Seeded eighth, with a 6-5-1 record, Glenelg won, 1-0, in the region final against Patterson Mill, with Kristen Schmidbauer scoring. It was Glenelg's third playoff victory by the same score. Three goals, three wins.

"I believe we have the talent to get the three-peat," said Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan, who has just two seniors on his team: sweeper Meaghan Guyader, the class valedictorian, and Mary Kate Warner, president of the senior class, who is the backup goalie.

Juniors Schmidbauer, defender Ellie Axenfeld and Hope LaHayne and Guyader are key to success.

Schmidbauer has the knack of picking her scoring spots, Axenfeld is an artist when it comes to shutting down opposing scorers, and because LaHayne has moved to the back with Guyader, the Gladiators have allowed just one goal. Before the move, the team had given up 24 goals in its first 10 games.

Glenelg will play in the state semifinals tomorrow against the winner of the Mardela-Snow Hill match.

Hawks soar to a fourth

River Hill's girls soccer team won its fourth consecutive regional crown Monday, 3-2.

The Hawks won state titles the past two seasons. Five seniors, Becky Perrault, Kathryn Rodgers (two goals in the regional final), Semret Seyoum, Amy Song and Brittany Yancey have been the anchors on the squad that is 14-1-1 and headed to the state semifinals Saturday at North County High School. Sophomore Anna Theisen had the winning goal in Monday's game.

At North County, the semifinal will be played on a turf field, which will make the game a little faster and create fewer "funny bounces," which River Hill's coach Brian Song said should "be a little benefit for us."

Marriotts Ridge wins title

The Mustangs' boys soccer team earned its first regional championship with a 4-0 victory over River Hill.

"I'm really proud of the kids," said Marriotts Ridge coach Kevin Flynn, who won state championships in 1981, '82 and '83, while playing for Wilde Lake. "I'm not sure my kids even know about those titles, but they recognize the mind-set they have to have, and they've been focused all year."

Senior captain Phil Martinelli (two goals) and Josh Stover scored to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead in the first half. Goalie Paul Killian, also a senior captain, made seven saves and was in command of the game. Patrick Sullivan scored the team's fourth goal.

The Mustangs play in the state semifinals at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Washington College.

"Now we have to put that excitement behind us," Flynn said. "We've done a great job of preparing for each game and I want that to continue."

Glenelg hockey tries again

Coach Ginger Kincaid has been coaching the Gladiators for 32 years. In that time, she has led the field hockey team to three state finals, in 1979, 2004 and 2006, but has yet to bring home the championship.

Now comes a fourth try, this one against five-time defending state champion Pocomoke, which has allowed just four goals this season.

"I think it will be fun," Kincaid said of the game. "We're up for the challenge."

Glenelg always has a variety of contributors to its victories. On Monday, it won the semifinal with freshman Alyssa Parker (three goals), Lauriann Parker and Mary Kate Olson leading the way to a 6-0 victory over Patterson Mill.

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