Dun­dalk, Pat­ap­sco girls to meet in re­gion play­off opener

Point­ers reach county ti­tle game for 6th straight sea­son

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

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.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

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.

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