Baker’s goal lifts River Hill, 1-0, in girls soccer

No. 1 Arch­bishop Spald­ing shuts out John Car­roll, 2-0

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Mon­ica D’Ip­polito — Brian Bur­den, Baltimore Sun Me­dia Group — Brent Kennedy, Baltimore Sun Me­dia Group Baltimore Sun staff con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

The No. 14 River Hill girls soccer team is headed back to the re­gion fi­nals, thanks in part to fresh­man Chelsea Baker.

Baker — in just her se­cond game back from in­jury — was subbed in mid­way through the se­cond half Thurs­day against third-seeded Wilde Lake and came up with the go-ahead score to pro­pel the top-seeded Hawks to the 1-0 vic­tory.

“To con­trib­ute to­day it felt so good, since I was com­ing back from my in­jury and I had been re­ally ner­vous be­cause I hadn’t been play­ing for a while, so my play was still kind of shaky,” she said. “But when it came to it, I just felt all the adren­a­line and ev­ery one was cheer­ing a lot. After­ward I just felt all the sup­port from my team­mates. It was just re­ally great.”

River Hill (7-2-2, 11-3-2) built up play well in the first half and had nu­mer­ous near-chances to go up early in the game.

Wilde Lake (4-6-1, 7-7-2) had a few op­por­tu­ni­ties coun­ter­at­tack­ing. One of its best chances of the first half came off a cor­ner kick — its only in the game — with about six min­utes re­main­ing.

“I told them they needed to be proud of them­selves be­cause I think we re­ally hung tough in the end there,” first-year Wilde­cats coach Me­gan Shea said. “We talked a lot about how we were in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and how far we’ve come.”

NO. 1ARCHBISHOPSPALDING2, JOHN CAR­ROLL 0: Emily Roberts’ goal off a cor­ner kick 19 min­utes into the game set the tone, and Al­lie Brim­mer’s penalty kick with 14 min­utes left in the game sealed the deal as the Cava­liers (11-2-3) beat the Pa­tri­ots (3-11) to ad­vance to Satur­day’s 3 p.m. In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land A Con­fer­ence fi­nal at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Spald­ing, which earned its sev­enth shutout while match­ing last year’s win to­tal, will take on Notre Dame Prep, which de­feated three-time de­fend­ing cham­pion McDonogh on penalty kicks. Arch­bishop Spald­ing tied and de­feated the Blaz­ers in two games this sea­son. The Cava­liers are look­ing for their fifth over­all IAAM A ti­tle and first since 2012. The Pa­tri­ots fin­ished 3-11.

“This is the first time that we were the first seed com­ing in, so it was a must-win for us,” said Roberts, a four-year starter.

Spald­ing took both reg­u­lar-sea­son games from the Pa­tri­ots by two goals, and the early out­put sug­gested a sim­i­lar re­sult.

“Step­ping up in en­ergy and our buildup is some­thing we have been work­ing on all week,” Cava­liers coach Ashly Kennedy said. “They showed true grit and fo­cus in our game plan and ex­e­cu­tion, and they were fear­less in the fi­nal de­fen­sive third.”

Though un­able to get a goal in the run of play in the first 15 min­utes, Spald­ing’s press re­sulted in a cou­ple of cor­ner kicks, and Al­lie Brim­mer locked eyes with Roberts, who had rushed into the box from her back po­si­tion.

“We have re­ally good chem­istry to­gether, and we looked at each other and knew that this is the one,” Brim­mer said.

El­lie Marts, who had five saves, stopped Abby Hanks late in the half for John Car­roll (3-11), to keep the deficit at one. As the se­cond half opened, Krista Boretti was high with a shot as Spald­ing again took the early pos­ses­sion, but John Car­roll’s first re­sponse was costly to the Cava­liers.

Roberts went down on the far side on a John Car­roll run that ended with Jil­lian Sav­ageau mak­ing a stop and late grab for Spald­ing. After sev­eral min­utes, she limped off the field and did not re­turn.

The Cava­liers had been knocked out in the semi­fi­nals each of the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons.

SEV­ERN 3, GAR­RI­SON FOR­EST 0: Ree­gan Mor­ris, Cam­ryn Levin and Eileen Do­herty scored to lead the Ad­mi­rals (14-7-2) past the Griz­zlies (11-7) in an IAAM B Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

NO. 11 FALL­STON 3, HAR­FORD TECH 0: Lo­gan Ward, Al­i­cyn Lose and Maria Gen­tile scored to lead the host Cougars (13-3) past the Co­bras (9-7-1) in a Class 2A East Sec­tion II fi­nal. Fall­ston ad­vances to face to­day’s win­ner of Park­side/Queen Anne’s on Tues­day.

Boys soccer

GLENELG COUN­TRY 1, ST. JOHN’SCATHOLIC PREP 0, OT: Se­nior for­ward Jay Shin tracked down a re­bound in the box and fin­ished to lift the host Dragons (10-1-2) into the cham­pi­onship game for a se­cond straight year in the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion C Con­fer­ence. The Vik­ings fin­ished 8-5-1. “I don’t re­mem­ber the scene very well, I just saw Parker [Hol­brook] shoot­ing the ball and I knew their goalie was go­ing to save it be­cause [he] was pretty good. But I knew the goalie was not go­ing to get the ball, so it was just my in­stinct that led me there,” said Shin, who was mobbed by his team­mates after the golden goal. “That was it, that was my first goal of this sea­son. It’s just crazy.”

Glenelg Coun­try ad­vances to face Con­cor­dia Prep, a 3-0 win­ner over Pal­lotti in the other semi­fi­nal Thurs­day, for the C Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship Sun­day at 1 p.m. at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

NO. 15 CH­E­SA­PEAKE-AA 1, STEPHEN DE­CATUR 0: Cameron Tyler scored the game-win­ner to lift the vis­it­ing Cougars (12-2-3) over the Sea­hawks in a Class 3A East Sec­tion II fi­nal.

Girls volleyball

NO. 3 ST. PAUL’S D. MOUNT DE SALES, 3-0: Jala Tucker had 25 kills and Mor­gan Hill had 37 as­sists as the host Ga­tors (15-1-1) beat the Sailors (9-9) in an IAAM A Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal. St. Paul’s won, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22. NO. 5 HOWARD D. PAINT BRANCH, 3-0: Madi­son Paige had 12 kills and Sara Brink­ley had eight kills to lead the host Lions (13-2) past the Pan­thers (1-9) in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Class 4A North Sec­tion II quar­ter­fi­nal.

Howard won, 25-8, 25-17, 24 25-12.

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