Today's State Soccer Final

November 14, 2008

GIRLS CLASS 1A

Sparrows Point (11-5) vs. Glenelg (9-7-1)

When, where: 7:30 p.m., UMBC

Outlook: The Gladiators have won five state titles and two straight, capturing the Class 2A crown in 2006 before beating Sparrows Point, 2-0, last season in 1A. The Pointers have reached the title game in four of the past five years but have yet to bring home the elusive crown. Experience is on the Pointers' side this time, with a senior-laden team led by four-year varsity players Lauren Miller and Gabby Antalffy. The Gladiators, who have eight new starters, are once again fast and aggressive, with Ellie Axenfeld, Kristen Schmidbauer, Katie Chase and Alex Collier leading the way. Glenelg played the tougher schedule but had an easy time in a 6-0 semifinal win over Mardela, while the Pointers needed penalty kicks to get past Poolesville.

THE BALTIMORE SUN'S PICK: Glenelg

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