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Maryland soccer: Wootton boys, South River girls power into 4A finals

By and Jonas Shaffer,

A lacrosse goalie committed to play at Towson, Wootton senior Matt Hoy isn’t afraid to mix it up in front of the net no matter the sport. So it’s hardly surprising Hoy thrived in Saturday’s rugged Maryland 4A boys’ soccer semifinal, scoring a pair of goals in his team’s 3-1 win over Perry Hall at Richard Montgomery.

The forward’s timely offense sparked the Patriots (16-1-1) to their first state final, where they will meet the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal between Severna Park and Northwestern.

“A lot of the coaches make fun of me because I play a more physical style of game,” said Hoy, who has 25 goals and nine assists this season. “They attribute it to my lacrosse background. That’s fine with me.”

Hoy provided the game’s first score in the sixth minute, firing a shot from just outside the 18-yard box inside the far post after collecting a pass from junior Matt McDonnell. After Perry Hall (12-4-2) tied it up, Wootton took the lead for good on an own goal by the Gators off a 46th-minute corner kick. Hoy added an insurance goal with eight minutes to seal the win.

Elsewhere, senior Jonathan Muth scored on a breakaway in the 79th minute to send the three-time defending state champion Marriotts Ridge boys’ team back to the Maryland 2A final with a 1-0 win over South Carroll at Bel Air. The Mustangs (16-0) will play East region champ Queen Anne’s County in the title game at UMBC.

South River blanks Bowie

In the opener at Richard Montgomery, junior Kacie Longo scored three goals to power the Seahawks’ girls’ soccer team past the Bulldogs, 4-0, and into the Maryland 4A final for the first time in eight years. The Seahawks (17-2) advance to face four-time defending champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which edged Sherwood 4-3 in a six-round shootout following a scoreless regulation.

South River threatened the Bulldogs (13-2) from the opening whistle. Longo headed in a 17th-minute cross from junior Madison Koenig to give the Seahawks the lead, and she found the net again in the 46th minute with a left-footed blast from 25 yards.

Two minutes later, Longo earned a penalty kick after being hauled down on a breakaway. Bowie goalkeeper Ellen Anderson received a red card on the play, and senior Rebekah Petty converted the ensuing attempt.

“Everyone has to do something to get me the ball with the opportunity to finish,” said Longo, who tallied her third goal off a rebound in the final minutes. “It was my turn to score today, but I can’t take all the credit.”

Playing in its first state tournament, the Long Reach girls’ team came up short in a Maryland 2A semifinal against defending champ Middletown, falling 3-1.

Reservoir boys advance

Before the Gators’ postseason could start two weeks ago, a tradition two years in the making would have to endure. When Reservoir won a state title in 2010, it did so with a set of bleached-blonde hairdos. The Gators’ ambitions were no different this season, and so, to the chagrin of girlfriends and mothers, neither were their superstitions.

With a thorough 5-1 win over Huntingtown in the Maryland 3A boys’ soccer semifinals at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, chances are a trip to the barber is still a week away. The Gators (12-6) will face the Urbana-North Harford winner in the 3A final.

Huntingtown’s Perry Burgess opened the scoring in the 14th minute and nearly added a second minutes later, but that would be it for the Hurricanes (13-5).

Reservoir’s Nick Jobst had a 27th-minute tap-in after Mike Peprah redirected a pinpoint cross across an empty goalmouth. Almost eight minutes before halftime, Reservoir took a 2-1 lead on a Javier Wardcantrori goal, the ball meeting the blonde racing stripe atop the midfielder’s head before bounding into the net.

After Gibrill Sheriff added to the lead, Reservoir’s fourth, and finest, goal came as Wardcantrori reared back and, as he fell backward, blasted a 30-yarder just under the left post.

“I saw it,” Wardcantrori said, “and I was like, ‘It’s not — it’s going, it’s going!’ ”

A perfectly arced chip by John Lopes punctuated the five-goal outburst and helped make way for a new wave of golden-domed players.

River Hill girls reach final

With a goal midway through the second half, Michaela Hennessy netted her third consecutive game-winner as the undefeated Hawks blanked Huntingtown, 3-0, to advance to the 3A final against C.M. Wright.

“She’s a senior, and she doesn’t want to end the season,“ Coach Brian Song said.

River Hill (18-0) also got goals from Sheridan Street and Kathryn Arensmeier. Huntingtown finished its season with a 17-3 mark. C.M. Wright edged Urbana 2-1 in the other semifinal.

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