Jackson sisters lead Reservoir over River Hill in 3A East final

  • As River Hill's Katie Marlatt slumps in the background, Reservoir's Amanda Jackson, left, and teammate Katlyn Axenfeld celebrate their second goal, scored by Jackson in the Class 3A final.
As River Hill's Katie Marlatt slumps in the background,… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
November 10, 2010|By Glenn Graham | Baltimore Sun reporter

For the Reservoir girls soccer team, the second half of Tuesday's night's Class 3A East regional title game at Howard County rival River Hill carried a lot of mixed emotions.

First came excitement, with a goal from Megan Jackson that produced a lead. Next came nerve-racking minutes with the Hawks urgently pressing to tie. Finally, in the closing minutes, Amanda Jackson provided relief.

With the Jackson sisters providing the offense and a collectively gutsy performance on defense, the No. 9 Gators came away with a 2-0 win over No. 6 River Hill that sends them to the state tournament for the second straight year.

Reservoir will take a 13-3-1 mark into the state semifinals -- where it will play Tuscarora on Saturday -- with sights on a championship after finishing as the runner-up last year. River Hill ends its season with a 14-3 record.

Shortly after the Hawks had a goal disallowed on an offsides call and another chance cleared away, Amanda Jackson made a strong run down the right side before finishing off a chance to give the Gators a 2-0 lead with eight minutes left. All that remained was the final whistle, which was followed by a celebration on the Reservoir side.

"I just dribbled it down the end line and I wanted to finish out the game, so I just shot it as hard as I could and it placed perfectly," Jackson said. "My heart just sank -- I was so happy."

After a quiet first half which saw few scoring chances for either side, the Gators took a 1-0 lead with 33 minutes left to play when Lauren Ingnacio sent a ball through from the right side that found an unmarked Megan Jackson, who finished from 6 yards away.

The Hawks pushed to tie, but goalkeeper Megan Fowler (10 saves) stood her ground with help from a defense led by sweeper Breanna Marsh and right back Cara Dooley.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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