The Riverdale Baptist boys soccer team either defeated Capitol Christian, 1-0, on Saturday or lost to the Warriors, 3-2, depending on whom you ask. One thing is certain: Capitol Christian used two players--Jesse Stephens and Ron Baker--who graduated last year.
Capitol Christian Athletic Director Jay Morrell, who attended the game, said Riverdale Baptist had agreed to let the players play. But Riverdale Baptist Coach Bob Surrette said no such agreement was made.
With the game tied at 2 at halftime--and after Stephens had scored for Capitol Christian--Surrette said his team would not play the second half if Stephens and Baker played. So the players who had graduated were removed.
Capitol Christian scored the only goal of the second half for what appeared to be a 3-2 victory. But Riverdale Baptist said it will protest the result and is counting it as a 1-0 victory by forfeit.
"We had suspended two boys from the team for disciplinary reasons and so we thought we would be short-handed," Morrell said. Baker and Stephens "were home on break and we asked them to go to the game just in case. Then Riverdale agreed they could play. As soon as we tied it at 2-2, that is when Riverdale started to get upset and told us they would not play the second half if [Stephens and Baker] played. So we took them out at halftime and by then we had other players who had shown up to take their place."
But Surrette said no one approached him about letting the graduated players play. Instead, he said he found out from John Ranger, a Riverdale player who transferred from Capitol Christian.
"There is no way I would agree to let postgraduate players play against my team," Surrette said. "In 27 years of coaching, I have never even heard of someone asking if they could use graduated players."
Surrette said he will contact Morrell today about the game and is hopeful the two schools, which are only about two miles apart, can resolve the matter.
South Lakes All-Met junior Alan Webb won his fourth invitational this season Saturday, capturing the boys 'A' race individual title at the Eastern States championship in Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.
Webb won with a time of 12 minutes 18.8 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever on the 2.5-mile course.
"[Webb] ran nice and relaxed," South Lakes Coach Scott Raczko said. "He just ran his race and felt good afterward."
Quince Orchard sophomore Karen Pulliam finished second in the girls 'A' race in 15:47.5 and the West Springfield girls team placed second overall with 100 points.
As the only public school in the District that fields a girls soccer team, Wilson plays as an independent. But if the Tigers need an advocate in their search for a league of their own, they have found one in Glenn Whitman, coach of four-time Potomac Valley Athletic Conference champion St. Andrew's.
The Lions (11-3), who will move into the ISL next season, needed sophomore Carolyn Ford's 30-yard strike in the third minute of overtime to defeat Wilson, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon.
Wilson has compiled a 3-5-1 record against area private schools this season.
"I would play Wilson 20 times a year if I could," Whitman said. "They compete hard for every ball, they have a pretty high skill level and they're enthusiastic about playing. I just wish more D.C. schools would follow their lead and get some teams. They're a great representation of quality girls soccer in the D.C. area."
Wilson played without defensive mainstays Morgan Pleasant and Emily Miller, both of whom were out with ankle injuries. Tigers Coach Joe Riener was pleased with the aggressive play of sophomore goalkeeper Nora Levinson, who had 11 saves, and senior midfielder Meredith Liu, whose defensive play on Ford was crucial in keeping the game even for 80 minutes.
"It was our best game, and I told them that when the sting of the loss went away they would feel really proud of how they did," Riener said. "I think we are building a program. I really think there's been great strides this year."
Special correspondents Brian Straus and Bryan Tucker contributed to this report.