Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Girls' Soccer

Gwynn Park Says It's Time
Wednesday, October 24, 2007; E09

Gwynn Park and Eleanor Roosevelt meet today at High Point in the Prince George's County title game for the third time in four seasons. Gwynn Park Coach Toni Gale believes this is the year her Yellow Jackets break through.

The reason: defense. "This team has a strong midfield and defensive line," Gale said.

The Yellow Jackets (10-0 overall, 10-0 Prince George's 3A/2A/1A) rely on a trio of lockdown defenders -- junior Kirstin Mobley, senior Sharde Estep and freshman Christina Wright.

All three will be crucial if the Yellow Jackets are to slow the high-powered attack of Eleanor Roosevelt (11-3, 11-0 Prince George's 4A). The Raiders average 4.5 goals per game and are led by Joy Doucette (12 goals).

Eleanor Roosevelt, which has been at least a state semifinalist every season since 2001, also has a stout defense that has a 26-game shutout streak against county opponents.

-- B.J. Koubaroulis

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