Rockville Girls Routed
In 2A West Quarterfinal
MIDDLETOWN, Nov. 3 -- Defensive breakdowns, an ineffective offside trap and senior striker Tyler Caudle doomed Montgomery County Division III champion Rockville tonight.
Caudle, who spent the last three years in Thailand, scored three goals and had an assist to lead the Middletown girls to a 9-0 victory over Rockville in a 2A West Regional quarterfinal. Middletown (14-1-1) knocked off Rockville, 3-2, in last season's 2A West final.
"We did not expect the game to go the way it did," said Middletown Coach John Miller, whose team scored twice in the opening four minutes. "Our objective was to jump on top of them early. We didn't expect to get nine goals."
Rockville (10-3) used a trap that forced Middletown offside 14 times. However, the Knights also created 10 breakaways, leading to four goals and a penalty kick that resulted in another goal. Meantime, senior Rockville striker Audra Poulin, who finished the season with 29 goals and 17 assists, was held to four shots.
Caudle scored just 20 seconds into the game when senior midfielder Katie Chakola stole a failed clearing attempt and found Caudle in the penalty area. Caudle then slid a right-footed shot past keeper Marissa Iron. Rockville's defense could not match Caudle's speed on the left flank, and she struck again in the 22nd and 47th minute. Caudle also had two goals disallowed after being offside.
"I'm used to being marked really tight," said Caudle, who has 20 goals and nine assists this season. "They went flat-back so it was real easy to move around."
No. 1 Severna Park Girls
Jump Out Early vs. Broadneck
Top-ranked Severna Park girls scored five goals in the first 20 minutes, including three by senior striker Holly Noga, and defeated Broadneck, 6-0, last night in a 4A East regional quarterfinal doubleheader in Annapolis.
With the win, Severna Park (15-1) advances to the semifinals to face C.M. Wright, which defeated Westminster, 3-0. The Falcons defeated Westminster, 2-1, in overtime in last year's state semifinals.
Broadneck completed its best season this decade, finishing 9-5. The Bruins' two worst losses this season were against Severna Park. The first one was 5-0 on Oct. 21. After a scoreless first half in that game, the Falcons scored four goals in five minutes to put away the game.
Noga opened the scoring 4 minutes 12 seconds into the game last night, redirecting junior Allison Dooley's corner kick for a 1-0 lead. She scored again with 29:24 remaining in the first half, blasting a left-footed shot off the hands of sophomore goalkeeper Lori Southard for a 2-0 lead.
After goals by Breanne Benton and Dooley, Noga completed her third hat trick of the season. Off a corner kick by Meg Miller, Noga ripped a shot just underneath the crossbar for her 17th goal of the season and a 5-0 lead with 20:18 remaining.
Notes: In the second game, the Severna Park boys team (12-4) got goals from Dan Schillinger and Blake Best to defeat Broadneck, 2-1. . . . Falcons girls goalkeeper Kerry York recorded five saves for her 12th shutout of the season.
Churchill Boys Win to Gain
Berth in Region Quarterfinals
As Churchill's boys soccer team prepared for sudden-death overtime against visiting Sherwood in a 4A West region quarterfinal, Bulldogs Coach Dave Kelley said he hoped the team's senior leadership would be enough to get them a victory. In a way, it was a good thing he was wrong.
Instead, junior reserve Mark Bennett scored the game-winning goal on a rebound with 3:30 elapsed in the first overtime to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory and berth in the region quarterfinals. In the girls 4A West quarterfinal earlier last night, Churchill defeated Sherwood, 3-1, to advance to play No. 6 Wootton in the region semifinals at Whitman Saturday.
Bennett's goal came after his first shot was blocked by goalkeeper Tettey Nettey. But he gathered the rebound and spun the ball into the open goal.
"This is my first year on varsity, my first big game and my first really big goal," Bennett said. Midfielder "Jon Hecht put a great cross into me, and I shot, then got the rebound and put it past their goalkeeper."
Sherwood (10-4-1) had tied the game with 10 minutes left in the second half when sophomore Bud Ahearn converted senior Brandon Corbit's pass past Churchill goalie Adam Grossman. No. 6 Churchill (11-2-1) had taken the lead on a goal by senior midfielder Watson Prather midway through the first half.
On defense, Bulldogs senior fullback Jeremy Manela helped hold Sherwood striker Ronald Goodlett to one shot in the second half and overtime. Goodlett had scored twice in the Warriors's 2-0 victory over Churchill in the regular season, though Manela missed that game with an injury.
No. 2 Centreville, West Potomac
Notch Overtime Victories
Second-ranked Centreville High and unranked West Potomac scored within one minute of each other on opposite fields last night at Oakton High as each team secured overtime victories in the semifinal round of the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament.
Centreville's Diana Hall scored her third overtime goal of the season to lead the Wildcats to a 3-2 win over Oakton, while West Potomac junior Vicki Robella scored the first goal of her career to give the Panthers a 1-0 upset of Jefferson.
Centreville will play West Potomac tonight at 7 at Oakton to decide the region champion, although by winning last night both teams qualified for the state tournament, which starts next week.
Centreville, which improved to 16-1-1, was pushed to its limit by Oakton (14-4-1), which had a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But Wildcats junior back Joanna Duggan scored to force overtime. Then 6:28 in to the extra period, Hall hit a shot that caromed off an Oakton player high into the air before landing in the goal. . . .
Top-ranked Bethesda-Chevy Chase advanced to its 13th straight region final with a 6-0 victory over Walkersville in a Maryland 2A West Region semifinal.
The Barons travel to Carroll County to meet long-time power Francis Scott Key in the region final Friday.
Langley Defeats Chantilly
To Advance in Region Meet
Langley senior Courtney Pace helped the Saxons take a step toward putting a state banner on the gymnasium wall, leading host Langley past Chantilly, 6-15, 15-9, 15-6, 15-5, in the first round of the Northern Region tournament.
Pace, a member of Langley's soccer team -- the Liberty District champion -- tallied eight kills, and sophomore Jaqui LaFon finished with 10 kills and three blocks to lead the Saxons (11-4), who are the league's regular season champion.
"I'm trying to get as many banners as I can before I go," Pace said. "It feels spectacular."
Langley regrouped in the second game. And, leading 13-6 in the third game, Pace tallied two consecutive kills for the Saxons to put the match out of reach.