|Two Local Girls Soccer Teams Come Up Short in State Title Game|
|Pointers Fall To
Glenelg 2-0 in Final
||Tech Losses Title
in Double OT 2-1
Point's Sarah Hoar battles
a Glenelg defender for the ball.
Tech's Amber Womack
drives into the River Hill defense.
- Article & photo by Ben Boehl -The Sparrows Point Girls Soccer Team was hoping the third time was going to be the charm as they made it to their third state title game in the past four years. The Pointers played hard, but came up a little short in a 2-0 loss against Glenelg High School out of Howard County in the MPPSSAA 1A Finals at Broadneck High School in Annapolis.
As one of the Pointer's players came off the field, she told her teammates, "They are fast."
Glenelg came out and controlled most of the first half. Sparrows Point goalie Kelsey Eagan was put to the test and Glenelg had many opportunities in the first half. To her credit, Eagan came up with a few key saves and helped keep the game scoreless at the half. She finished the game with 10 saves.
The Pointers hung around, but Glenelg scored a goal with 32:55 left in the game to take the lead.
In the final minutes, the Pointers picked up the pace and created a few scoring chances. Karaleigh Leonard came up with a quality shot and Gabby Antalffy had two shots on goal, but was stopped by Glenelg. The Pointers last opportunity came in the final seven minutes when Forward Sarah Hoar got off a shot, but it was a little high.
Glenelg put the game way with a goal in the final 38.7 seconds to secure the championship. It was Glenelg's second consecutive state title and their fifth championship in the past 11 seasons
There was a scary moment in the game when Glenelg goalkeeper Kerry Krammer was injured on a collision before halftime. After she couldn't remember the play, an ambulance was called in for medical assistance. The game was delayed for about 20 minutes as Krammer was transported to a local medical center. MPPSSA officials at the game believed she suffered a concussion.
- Article & photo by Ben Boehl -Eastern Tech's Girls Soccer was looking to win their third state title in the past three years on Saturday, Nov. 17. Standing in their way was River Hill High School out of Howard County. River Hill is loaded with talent. The boys team just won a state title and the girls team was going for back-to-back championships.
The two teams battled for The MPPSSAA 2A championship at Broadneck High School for over 102 minutes until River Hill scored a goal in double overtime to defeat the Lady Mavericks 2-1. Eastern Tech came out with a lot of momentum as Forward Amber Womack had a couple of early scoring opportunities. Everytime Womack touched the ball, three to four River Hill defenders ganged up on her. Despite Eastern Tech's early success, River Hill got on the board first with a goal with 21:35 left in the first half.
Eastern Tech tried to tie the game before the half. Womack had a few more scoring chances and Sarah Holmes got off a quality shot, but did not score. After Eastern Tech was trailing 1-0 at the half, Coach Kim Williams brought Arianna Willem in as goalie. She was able to keep Eastern Tech in the game as she slowed down River Hill's offense with three saves. It appeared time was running out on the Mavericks. Eastern Tech had opportunities, but still couldn't put the ball in the net. Finally with 15:41 left in the game, Brittney Rose scored a long-range goal for the Mavericks to tie the game after a throw-in from midfielder Carly Ordak. The Mavericks started to take control and looked like they were going to score to win the game. Eastern Tech was able to force the River Hill goalie out of the net and had an open goal, but a Maverick player got a little too excited and kicked it over the goal post. The game went into overtime and then a second overtime. River Hill won the title on a corner kick.