Top-ranked River Hill has been the most dominating soccer team in Maryland the past four years, and proved so again tonight.
All-Met senior forward Adom Crew and junior forward Josh Price scored two goals each to spark the Clarksville school to its third straight state title with an 8-0 victory over Fallston in the Maryland 3A final at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
River Hill (18-1), which reached the state final for the fourth straight time, ended the season with an eight-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 41-2 in that span. River Hill, a fourth-year school, defeated Patapsco of Baltimore and Easton in 1998 and 1997 respectively, to win to two straight 2A titles. In 1996, River Hill lost to Williamsport of Washington County in the 1A final.
Hawks Coach Bill Stara has guided his teams to 10 state titles, including seven with Centennial.
Fallston (14-3-1) had a 14-game winning streak ended by the Hawks.
"It's been a great run," said Crew, whose team was 65-7 over the last four years. "We have 15 seniors, and we all have played together for countless years."
Crew scored the most impressive goal of the night. Junior midfielder Greg Hinkle headed the ball to Crew, who chest-trapped it nine yards from the goal, lowering the ball to his right foot.
Crew pushed the ball across the artificial turf and drilled a right-footed shot into the left corner of the net for the 3-0 lead with 17:33 left in the first half.