Sherwood of Sandy Spring, Md., getting goals from Chris Hester and Eric Heller, downed Sparrows Point of Baltimore County, 2-1, to win the Maryland class B soccer crown today.
The Montgomery County champions advanced their record to 16-0 in capturing their first state title. Last year, the squad was 7-7 and lost in the state final, but this team romped through its season, outscoring the opposition, 62-9.
Hester tallied Sherwood's first goal 25 minutes into the game. Brett Stevens headed a Jim Bentson corner kick, hitting the top of the goal post. Hester, six yards away from the net, then knocked in the ball with his right leg.
The Warriors outshot the Pointers, 21-4, in the first half, but could not spring 28-goal scorer Heller. In the second half, however, Heller stole the ball from Pointer fullback Dan Harris and scored easily from short range with no one between him and goalie Loid Collier.
The Pointers made the final minutes suspenseful after David Griggs converted a penalty kick with 28 minutes gone in the second half. Sparrows Point threatened constantly in the final 10 minutes, but could not get past goalie Gom Larrick.
[TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE] was a hard-fought 80-minute end-to-end battle.
With 12:55 clapsed, Loch Raven's Dino Francioli fed a ball to Jimmy Burman, who had plenty of time to fire his 25-yard shot to the top right corner of the net for the game's only score.
Walter Johnson (104-1), silent in the first half, managed three close-in offensive thrusts after intermission, but Raider goalkeeper Marty Guolo frustrated the Spartans each time with difficult saves.
Patapsco scored the only tally of the game with just 1:10 remaining in the 40-minute first half. Dan Casteel crossed a ball through a crowd at the top of the penalty area to unattended Ho Hwang, who fired a five-yard shot in from the right post.