Baker’s goal lifts River Hill, 1-0, in girls soccer
No. 1 Archbishop Spalding shuts out John Carroll, 2-0
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.
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.
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.