Erika Theisen and Erica Suter each scored a goal to lift the seventh-ranked River Hill girls' soccer team to a 2-0 victory over 10th-ranked Centennial in a Howard County game yesterday in Clarksville.
Theisen gave the Hawks (5-2 overall, 2-1 league) a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute when, after receiving a pass from Kelsey Erdman, she dribbled past two defenders before sliding a shot into the lower right corner of the goal.
"This was a super-big win for us," Theisen said. "We wanted to play Centennial because everyone was saying that they were the team to beat."
Though Centennial (2-1, 2-1) outshot River Hill 22-7, the Eagles could not get one past All-Met goalie Katy Hudson, who made 13 saves, including several from close range.
Two-time defending county champion River Hill secured the victory when Suter's shot from just outside the penalty box deflected off Centennial's goalie with 11 minutes 9 seconds remaining.
"Katy came up big again for us, and that's why she's the heart and soul of our team," Coach Willie Ibarra said. "This was a huge win for us because it really gave us an identity."
Bowie Wins County Title
Junior Ray Hyre shot a 35 to lead Bowie to an undefeated season and its fourth consecutive Prince George's County 4A regular season title at Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville.
The Bulldogs (18-0) shot 158 to defeat Eleanor Roosevelt (176) and Oxon Hill (226). Hyre, along with senior William Stotsenberger, averaged 1 under par for the season, tied for the best stroke average in the conference this year, according to Bowie Coach Rodney Lathan. Junior Robbie Clark shot a 39 on the course where he recorded a hole-in-one at No. 8 on Sept. 14.
Bowie will compete in the district qualifying tournament on Oct. 6. Lathan said he is especially excited this year about a Prince George's County team performing well in the state tournament. This is the first season Prince George's County schools have played golf in the fall instead of in the spring.
"We were going to the state championships basically cold," said Lathan.
He is hopeful the change in schedule will bode well for Prince George's County, but especially for the Bulldogs, who have never won the state final.
"I have high expectations and am looking forward to contending for the state championship," Lathan said.
Anacostia Stadium Delay
Construction delays at Anacostia's new football stadium have pushed back the opening of the facility from mid-October to November, said Patricia Briscoe, deputy director of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association. As a result, the Indians will play their entire schedule on the road for the fourth consecutive season.
The multimillion dollar project was expected to be finished by Oct. 22, allowing Anacostia to play its final game at home against Ballou.
Briscoe said the delays have been caused in part by the installation of a new track surrounding the field. The track requires 14 days without rain so that the glue can settle. There also was a shortage of funds and a need to redesign aspects of the project, said Gregory Williams, interim executive director of the school's systems facilities department.
Another 0 for E. Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt junior Rebecca Valdellon had two goals and two assists as the visiting Eleanor Roosevelt girls' soccer team beat C.H. Flowers, 12-0, and extended its streak of regular season conference shutouts to 23 games.
So far this season, goalkeepers Yewande Balogun (sophomore) and Nicole Jacobs (senior) have recorded 33 and 17 saves, respectively.
"Our defense is very smart," said Roosevelt Coach Kathy Lacey, whose team is 6-2-0 overall. "We know when to tackle and when to contain."
Staff writer Judith Evans and special correspondent Carl Little contributed to this report.