Meade's Lucky Sabarillo had the winning shot in a 5-4 sudden-death shootout victory over Thomas Stone in the 4A East Region playoffs last week.
The teams played to a 3-3 tie in regulation and put together two scoreless overtime periods before the shootout. Both teams scored on four of five shots in the first round, forcing them to move into a sudden-death mode. Sabarillo nailed the first shot.
In addition to hitting the game winner, Sabarillo scored in the second half to tie the game at three. He had five goals on the season entering the second-round match Tuesday against Broadneck, which ended too late for this edition.
Meade (2-11-1) has 12 seniors on its team this fall, eight of them starters. And regardless of the result against Broadneck, Coach Michael Dey felt the win over Thomas Stone will help younger players prepare for the 2006 season.
"I kept telling them all year that 'we're losing, but we're losing closer. We're playing better,' " Dey said. The win over Thomas Stone was "an incentive for them and a confidence booster for them because half the region was gone and [we were] still playing."
Severna Park Boys' Soccer
Severna Park avenged a regular season loss to Annapolis in a first round of the 3A East playoffs Friday, beating the Panthers 2-0. Courtland Fudge, who has been hampered by a high ankle sprain this season, scored both goals for Severna Park in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Severna Park lost a 2-1 double overtime game to the Panthers in the regular season.
"To find out we were playing Annapolis in the first round of the state playoffs, we thought it was a golden opportunity to get back at them and even the score on the field," Coach Bob Thomas said.
The Falcons win put them up against Mount Hebron of Howard County in the second round Tuesday.
Thomas said he expects Annapolis, which went 6-6 in the regular season, to continue to grow as a program, especially because of junior defender Edwin Hernandez. "He's just very fast, very skilled," Thomas said. "He never mis-kicks or kicks the ball out of bounds. Every time he gets rid of the ball, it's 40, 50, 60 yards down the field. It puts pressure on the [opposing] defense. They go from defense to offense in a matter of seconds. I've never seen a kid clear it as well as he did. It's like a cannon coming off his foot."
South River Boys' Soccer
South River's boys' soccer team graduated 10 players last spring, giving this year's squad a core of mostly sophomores and juniors. A mixture of young and old got it done for the Seahawks in a 2-0 win over Glen Burnie in the first round of the playoffs Friday. Sophomore Ryan Krogen and senior Mason Ailishie both scored their fifth goals of the year to help the Seahawks advance to play Arundel Tuesday.
South River Coach Lewis Schrumm said his team played pretty well defensively all season, but really came together in the last few weeks. The Seahawks could get even stronger next season, when all of those defenders are expected be back as seniors. The Seahawks will also return their offense, which this year was formed by sophomores.
"I think it can be very exciting," said Schrumm. "A lot of these tenth-graders are really starting to play well. There's a couple down on [junior varsity] that look good as well. . . . It's looking good if everyone comes back."
Old Mill Girls' Soccer
Old Mill senior Jill Boyer scored three goals as the Patriots rolled over Glen Burnie, 6-0, in the first round of the 4A East Region playoffs Friday.
The Gophers and the Patriots were supposed to play their last game of the regular season against each other as well, but the game was canceled because of weather and field conditions.
Old Mill was set to play Arundel Tuesday in the second round of the playoffs.
Patriots Coach Michelle Clare thinks this season was a rebuilding year, as they returned only three starters. The Patriots will lose five starters next season, and Clare hopes positions left empty will be hastily filled by eager players. One player she hopes to see more from next season is freshman Chrissy Walter, who scored two goals for the Patriots after being moved up from junior varsity during the year.
Meade Girls' Soccer
Meade leading scorer Jenni Barbett (nine goals through Monday) struck again for the Mustangs in their first-round playoff win over North County on Friday, beating the Knights, 1-0. The Mustangs beat North County twice last week, winning the last regular season match of the year, 3-1.
Meade played Leonardtown on Tuesday.
The Mustangs started the season with four seniors, but two fell to injury. Gone next year will be senior center midfielder Jenna Brawner and senior stopper Megan Espinosa. But sweeper Tiffany Youse, who had a strong season, will be back.
"This year [Youse] was thrown into the sweeper role and has flourished, making stops that I don't think any other player on our team could make and making timely decisions that have really helped us out," said Meade Coach Andre Wise. "She's pretty much been phenomenal."
North County Field Hockey
North County won only three of 14 games during the regular season, but the Knights picked up a big, confidence-boosting 2-0 victory in last week's 4A North quarterfinal against host Parkville.
Senior forward Amber Benton scored in the first half off an assist from Tyler Scheppske for a 1-0 lead. North County made it 2-0 in the second half when senior Laura Fries scored on a penalty corner off an assist from junior Chelsea Rohleder.
"It was definitely a game [where] they worked together," said first-year coach Monica Natier. "They had teamwork. They really wanted to win this and were on the same page."
Parkville out-shot North County 10-9, but goalie Joanie Dayton was outstanding in the shutout.
"She really moved well," said Natier of Dayton. "She was able to read where the shots were going and block them without a problem." Natier also credited the defense of Fries, Rohleder, sophomore Stephanie Benson and junior Anita Cheek as being instrumental in the win.
North County played C.M. Wright on Tuesday in the region semifinal.
Arundel Field Hockey
Arundel overcame the Leonardtown defense and a muddy, tattered field to advance in the 4A East semifinals with a 2-0 victory.
After a scoreless first half, Arundel Coach Clint Gosnell decided to execute penalty corners from the left side instead of the right, as the Wildcats had been doing in the first half.
Arundel scored twice early in the second half, both times when the ball was poked in during a large scrum in front of the cage. Allie MacPherson scored for a 1-0 lead, and shortly afterwards Katelyn Randes, one of Arundel's leading scorers, made it 2-0.
"The competition [in Anne Arundel] that we play sort of helps," said Gosnell.
Arundel lost to Broadneck, 3-2, Tuesday in the region semifinal.
Southern Field Hockey
Southern's new coach, 2001 Bulldog grad Lauren Leukhardt, got a taste of a playoff success last week as Southern shut out Oakland Mills of Howard County, 2-0, in the 2A South quarterfinals.
Southern junior Julie Moreland scored both goals, one in each half. On the first, Moreland backhanded the ball in on what is termed a "reverse stick." The second score came off a pass from senior Marti Concannon during a penalty corner.
Leukhardt, who stresses conditioning so that her team will have endurance come the end of a game, praised the Bulldog defense, led by senior Jessica Ablonczy.
"Defenders are sometimes on the slower side, but my defense is incredibly fast," said Leukhardt. "They're very offensive-minded. They push up [the field, into the offensive zone]."
Southern fell to Glenelg, 4-0, Tuesday in the region semifinal.