Howard County Shows Its Mettle
Wednesday, November 21, 2007; E07
With three representatives in four state title games, Howard County had another dominant showing in girls' soccer this season.
With River Hill's 2-1 double-overtime victory over Eastern Tech and Glenelg's 2-0 victory over Sparrows Point, Howard County has claimed 14 of 43 state titles since 1997 -- the most by any county over that span.
Second-ranked River Hill (18-1-1) and ninth-ranked Glenelg (12-6-1), which each won back-to-back titles, have combined for 11 titles in the last decade.
But perhaps it was Wilde Lake (16-5) -- which fell to Urbana, 3-2, in the 3A title game -- that proved just how strong Howard County girls' soccer was this season.
Without three starters, including Katie Leffner (10 goals), Wilde Lake took 3A power Urbana (12-3-1) to the brink in a 2-2 tie before losing in a penalty-kick shootout.
"Howard County is a nightmare," Urbana Coach Chuck Nichols said.
-- B.J. Koubaroulis
Girls' Soccer, Final Rankings
Pallotti rejoins the rankings for the first time since late September after defeating McDonogh (Baltimore) to win the program's first IAAM A Conference title. Pallotti scored 1-0 wins against Institute of Notre Dame, John Carroll and McDonogh -- all teams that beat Pallotti during the regular season.
Ranks, Team, Record, Last Week
1. St. John's (D.C.) (21-2-2) 1
2. River Hill (18-1-1) 4
3. Pallotti (12-5-2) NR
4. Quince Orchard (17-2) NR
5. O'Connell (17-4-2) 3
6. Urbana (12-3-1) 10
7. Spalding (18-2-1) 2
8. Potomac School (11-3-2) NR
9. Glenelg (12-6-1) NR
10. Bethesda-CC (14-1) 5
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Posted by BJ Koubaroulis... at 8:23 PM