Dundalk, Patapsco girls to meet in region playoff opener
Pointers reach county title game for 6th straight season
The Dundalk girls soccer team went to Kenwood on Oct. 16 hoping to beat the Bluebirds and forge a three-way tie for first place in Baltimore County Division II.
The Owls, Kenwood and Chesapeake would all have had 7-1 records in the division, with Dundalk losing to Chesapeake, which lost to Kenwood.
It wasn’t even close. Kenwood led 7-0 at halftime and the final score was 12-0.
The Bluebirds are in their first season in Division II after having been in the much-stronger Baltimore County Division I.
“They should still be in Division I,” Dundalk coach Angela Passano said.
In eight division games, Kenwood outscored its opponents 832. And one of those goals allowed came on a penalty kick.
The Bluebird’s closest contest was a 4-1 win over Chesapeake, during which Kenwood led 4-0 midway through the first half and then seemed to lose interest.
Dundalk finished the regular season with a 6-3 record that could have been 9-3. Three games the Owls were almost sure to win were postponed due to bad weather and never rescheduled.
Consequently, the Owls are seeded third in the Class 3A North Region Section II playoffs, instead of possibly seeded second.
On the bright side, that means a long-awaited game against rival Patapsco.
The two teams have not met in the regular season since 2015, but tthe Owls will host the Patriots in the opening round on Friday.
Patapsco (3-7) lost its regularseason finale to visiting Eastern Tech on Oct. 17, 2-1.
The Patriots had a 1-0 lead in the second half, but the Mavericks tied it on a penalty kick before scoring the winning goal on a long shot with about 12 minutes remaining in the game.
The winner of the Dundalk-Patapsco game will likely play at second-seeded Bel Air on Oct. 30 — unless seventh-seeded Aberdeen upsets the Bobcats, in which case the Dundalk-Patapsco winner will host the Eagles.
Kenwood is the top seed in the section.
Sparrows Point, after an unbeaten regular season, was to play in the Baltimore County championship game for the sixth straight year on Tuesday at CCBC Catonsville.
The Pointers were to play Perry Hall for the third time in four years. Sparrows Point won the previous two meetings in the county title game in 2015 and 2016, and defeat the Gators in overtime earlier this season.
In the Class 1A North Regional tournament, the five-time defending state champions will receive two byes before opening against either Loch Raven or Western Tech in the sectional final on Nov. 2.
Then its on to the regional finals, meaning Sparrows Point only needs to win two games to reach the state semifinals.
Patterson Mill, Sparrows Point’s opponent in the last three state championship games, will need to win four games to reach the state semifinals.
The top-seeded teams in every other region (Patterson Mill a a No. 2 seed) also open with two byes.
Sparrows Point ended the regular season with a 1-0 win at Century on Oct. 17. Sammie Bennett scored the winning goal on a head ball.
Patapsco’s Gabby Bauman, Sara Haviland and Jazmyn Smith form a wall against an Eastern tech free kick.
Patapsco’s jazmin Smith settles the ball during the Patriots’ loss to Eastern Tech.