Sparrows Point, Glenelg advance to 1A girls final

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No. 2 Marriotts Ridge loses, 1-0, to J.M. Bennett in boys soccer

November 08, 2008|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,

The last order of business for the Sparrows Point girls soccer team at Thursday's practice was extra work on penalty kicks. It proved time well spent yesterday in the Class 1A state semifinal game against Poolesville.

After 100 minutes of play ended with the teams tied at 1, the Pointers showed better aim in the penalty-kick shootout to advance, 4-3.

Junior midfielder Sarah Strait, who hadn't taken a penalty kick all season, calmly found the lower right corner to give the Pointers (11-5) the one-goal advantage. When Poolesville junior forward Stephanie Boulter missed high on her chance, the Pointers celebrated a return trip to the state final.

Lauren Miller, Courtney Jackson and Katelyn Eagen also scored in the penalty-kick session. Senior Sarah Hoar scored in the final minute of the first half to give the Pointers a 1-0 lead, but Poolesville answered early in the second half to force the extra time.

"I usually don't take penalty kicks. I usually get very nervous," Strait said. "But we've been practicing them a lot ... and it felt good to keep it on the ground and control my shot to where I wanted it to go rather than get nervous, lean back and have it go over the top. It was a great feeling."

GLENELG 6, MARDELA 0:: The Gladiators will try for their third straight state title and sixth overall after their convincing state semifinal win over the Warriors at Broadneck. With eight new starters in this year's lineup, the Gladiators (9-7-1) got two goals each from Rachel McCarriher and Katie Chase and two assist and strong all-around play from Ellen Axenfeld in the comfortable win. Glenelg will take on Sparrows Point in a rematch of last year's title game next week at UMBC. A date and time have yet to be determined.

Boys soccer

JAMES M. BENNETT 1, No. 2 MARRIOTTS RIDGE 0: : Kyle Yingling scored the game-winner with 13 minutes left to lift the Clippers (17-0) of Wicomico County over the Mustangs (16-1) in a Class 2A state semifinal at Washington College. Paul Killian had six saves for the Mustangs.


BRYN MAWR 3, NO. 5 ST. PAUL'S 2: : Cleo Baker had 26 kills and Theo Matthai had 20 kills as the Mawrtians (12-7) upset the Gators (16-2) in the semifinals of the MD/DC Private Schools tournament. Bryn Mawr won, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 15-4, and will face the winner of Good Counsel-Mount de Sales in the final at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Vincent Pallotti.

NO. 12 RIVER HILL 3, CALVERT 1:: Senior Becky Paynter had a team-leading 12 kills as the Hawks (15-2) defeated the visiting Cavaliers in straight sets to earn their second consecutive 2A South championship, 25-19, 25-9, 25-22. Paynter, a four-year starter at River Hill, also had six digs and 22 assists.

NO. 6 TOWSON 3, WESTERN 0: : Julia Myers had 12 kills and Amelia Thomas had 11 for the visiting Generals (14-2) in the 3A North final. Towson won, 25-6, 25-14, 25-10.

SOUTH CARROLL 3, CATOCTIN 0: : Tianna Quianbao-Panas had 36 assists and Mary Harshman had 13 kills to power the Cavaliers (13-4) past Catoctin, 25-19, 25-14, 28-26, in the 1A North regional final.

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