Ti­tans shut out Cru­saders to win MIL Cham­pi­onship

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

NORTH EAST—

For the last cou­ple sea­sons, the Tome School girls’ soc­cer squad could not com­pete for a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship due to the fact the Mid-At­lantic In­de­pen­dent League (MIL) has been un­able to field enough teams to host a cham­pi­onship game.

This year, the MIL had enough teams to al­low the Ti­tans to com­pete for a cham­pi­onship, and they took ad­van­tage of their op­por­tu­nity as they cruised to a 3-0 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Tri-State Chris­tian Academy to win the con­fer­ence ti­tle.

“It feels great. I think our team is def­i­nitely great. I think it is an honor. We haven’t had a chance to play for a cham­pi­onship for a cou­ple of years,” Tome’s Lind­say Llewellyn said. “I like hav­ing cham­pi­onships. Es­pe­cially play­ing against a team like Tri-State, it feels very good.”

The Ti­tans con­trolled pos­ses­sion right from the start as they kept the ball on the Cru­saders’ side of the field for the ma­jor­ity of the game. That pres­sure fi­nally paid off in the 16th minute when the ball found the foot of Llewellyn, who whipped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the net to give the Ti­tans a 1-0 lead.

Not let­ting up af­ter get­ting the lead, Tome con­tin­ued to pres­sure Tri-State’s de­fense, and in the 30th minute, Tay­lor De­masi scored to give Tome a 2-0 lead. De­masi added her sec­ond goal of the game five min­utes into the sec­ond half to ex­tend the Ti­tans’ ad­van­tage to 3-0.

Tome con­tin­ued to con­trol the ball in the sec­ond half af­ter De­masi’s sec­ond goal, pre­vent­ing Tri-State from get­ting any scor­ing chances. When the ref­eree blew the fi­nal whis­tle, Tome cel­e­brated a con­fer­ence ti­tle.

“It feels great. We played to­gether as a team really well,” De­masi said. “I feel like we can keep on go­ing with this.”

Even though they fell just short of win­ning a con­fer­ence ti­tle, the Cru­saders are happy with the run­ner-up fin­ish in the MIL. Head coach Colin Ford was glad to see his team im­prove their per­for­mance against the Ti­tans.

“I know it’s a small league, but for our girls to have a con­fer­ence to com­pete in, it’s some­thing spe­cial. I know Tome has been a tough team for us to play the last 4-5 years, but we’ve been mak­ing progress,” Ford said. “It’s all that we can ask for is for them to give their best ef­fort and come out and com­pete. I’m proud of the way they played. Tome has a great team and a great coach.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Ris­ing Sun’s Liz Zata­lava grabs a loose ball dur­ing her team’s 12-11 win over Elk­ton on April 25.

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