Second-ranked River Hill had to share the state girls soccer title two years ago, but tonight the Hawks made sure that would not happen again.
Junior forwards Shannon Jackson and Rashida Walcott each scored two goals to lead River Hill to a 4-1 victory over Eastern Tech and to the Maryland 3A title in front of 1,000 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
The only loss for the Hawks (18-1) was to Centennial. In 1997, River Hill shared the 3A/2A title with South River after the teams tied, 1-1, in the state final.
Eastern Tech finished the season 14-3.
"I think especially for the seniors it was real important," said River Hill Coach Joan Smedley. "They were sophomores when they tied, and so it meant a lot to them."
Jackson opened the scoring with 18 minutes 8 seconds remaining in the first half. Off a tremendous throw-in from freshman fullback Megan Buescher, Jackson collected the ball off a bounce and put it into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The second goal was almost as impressive. Walcott arched a left-footed shot from about five yards from the left corner flag into the right side of the net.
"We just worked hard and had a real good team this season," said sweeper Natalie Klisas. "We just wanted to show that we were real good and we deserved it."
CAPTION: Shannon Jackson, left, accepts congratulations from River Hill teammates after scoring her second goal against Eastern Tech in Maryland 3A final.