River Hill Drops South River

No one knew where third-ranked River Hill was while No. 8 South River was warming up before the Maryland 3A East Region final.

The Hawks were waiting for a bus, which was 45 minutes late, to take them to Howard High in Ellicott City. River Hill arrived only five minutes before game time and scored two goals in a 47-second span in the second half to defeat the Seahawks, 2-1, last night.

River Hill (17-1) will play Thomas Johnson at 5 p.m. Friday night at Sherwood in the Maryland 3A state semifinals.

South River finished 14-3.

"I think [waiting for the bus] made us more pumped up," said sophomore forward Ashley Hooper. "We were just sitting there cheering and we did not care the bus was not there yet."

The Hawks turned it on in the second half. A long throw-in by freshman defender Megan Buescher deflected off several players, including South River goalkeeper Erin Johnson, before Hawks forward Shannon Jackson got a foot on it. Jackson hit it toward goal and junior midfielder Kelsey Cronin hammered the ball in the net for the 1-0 lead.

GLENELG 4, CATOCTIN 0: Junior midfielder Jennifer Fields had a goal and two assists to help the Gladiators win the Maryland 1A South Region title. Glenelg (9-7-1) will face Sparrows Point in the state semifinals Saturday at Howard at 3 p.m.

-- Bryan Tucker


Whitman Surprises Westminster

Katie Kaplan made three saves in a stroke-off, and Emily Mitchard scored the lone goal as Whitman stunned long-time Maryland 4A power Westminster (11-3-1), 1-0, in today's state semifinal at Goucher College.

Whitman (14-4) advances to Saturday's 4A state final against No. 3 Severna Park, a 4-1 winner over No. 8 Quince Orchard (13-3-1) yesterday. Erin Shaklee had two goals and one assist as Severna Park (17-2) gained a chance for its seventh state title in the last eight years and its 12th in school history.

-- Jeff Seidel