A Sports article in some Nov. 9 editions incorrectly said that Kelly Kady scored both goals for the Huntingtown High School girls' soccer team in the previous day's Maryland 3A South Region final against Westlake. Kady scored one of the team's goals, and Britta Vivaldi scored the other. (Published 11/15/2005)
The Bladensburg boys' soccer team earned its first trip to the Maryland 4A tournament last night -- by a matter of inches.
Sophomore midfielder Foday Kamara and freshman forward Moussa Sy each converted penalty kicks while one of Eleanor Roosevelt's shots hit the crossbar and another hit the post, helping the Mustangs prevail, 2-1, in penalty kicks in the Maryland 4A South Region final. The teams had played to a 1-1 draw in regulation and overtime at High Point.
The Mustangs (15-0-3) will face 4A North champion Sherwood in the state semifinals Friday at 5 p.m. at Churchill High School. Eleanor Roosevelt, seeking its first state tournament appearance since 1999, finished 12-2-1.
Bladensburg, which surpassed last season's school record of 13 victories and was playing in the program's first region final, tied Eleanor Roosevelt, 2-2, during the regular season.
Kamara and Eleanor Roosevelt senior sweeper Brant Hovington scored in the second half.
In the shootout, Bladensburg sophomore goalkeeper George Manasaray made two saves, one diving and catching the ball just before the ball crossed the goal line, to secure the win.
"We always believed we could win the game," said Manasaray. "We have all played soccer since we were little kids so we've been working for this for a long time."
In the girls' final, Eleanor Roosevelt's Mary Raffael, Katie Greenwood, Amanda King and Caitlin Salins all converted penalty kicks to lead the sixth-ranked Raiders to a 4-2 victory in penalty kicks over Bowie after the teams played to a 1-1 draw.
"We've been practicing penalty kicks every day after practice for the past few weeks, and we were confident in our skills," Salins said. "This was a big win for us because we get to go to the state tournament."
The Raiders (16-0-1) will face 4A North champion C.M. Wright, a 3-2 winner over Sherwood last night, in the state semifinals Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Churchill. Bowie finished 14-1-2.
Westlake Boys Win
Luckily for Westlake boys' coach Armand Delacruz, he didn't see junior defender Peter Cooper pinch in and attack the Huntingtown net late in the second half of the 3A South final.
Cooper saw a flurry of action and wanted to get a piece of it. His header in the 69th minute answered a Huntingtown goal a minute before and provided the margin in a 2-1 Westlake victory.
"It's really just adrenaline at that point," Cooper said. "I saw an opportunity."
Delacruz said: "It's good that I didn't see him go there because in hindsight, I probably would have yelled at him."
After going without a region title its first 10 years, Westlake (12-5-1) has won two of the past three 3A South titles.
After senior Konrad Hutt put Westlake on the board in the 45th minute, with a nice stutter-step move in the open field, Huntingtown (12-6) answered in the 68th minute on a 30-yard free kick from senior A.J. Sweeney.
The Wolverines will play Towson in the 3A semifinals Saturday at 5 p.m. at Tuscarora.
In the girls' final, Kelly Kady, one of five freshmen in Huntingtown's starting lineup, scored two first-half goals to lift the second-year Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over host Westlake.
With no seniors and four sophomores in the lineup, the Hurricanes went 6-5-1 in the regular season -- including a 3-0 loss to Westlake. Their 4-1 victory over La Plata in the region semifinals also avenged a regular season loss. Last season, Huntingtown won just once.
"I had some doubts, but I was hopeful that we could do this," said Kady, who increased her team-leading goal total to 12.
First-year coach Gina Hobson said: "To be honest, it was just one of those things that happened. We learned from our mistakes, and they clicked at the right time."
Magruder sophomore Alex Lee wasn't the fastest player on the field in the 4A West boys' final last night. Nor was he the biggest or most powerful. But, like he has been for much of the postseason, he was the most effective.
Lee scored two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, to give Magruder a 2-1 win over No. 4 Watkins Mill on a drizzly night at Churchill.
About two minutes into the second overtime, a Watkins Mill defender whiffed on a clearing attempt, and the ball trickled dangerously past him. Lee sprinted in and flicked a shot into the goal.
"I wasn't ready for it," Lee said. "And then I just saw it go through his legs, and I knew I had to put the chance away."
Lee's goal denied top-seeded Watkins Mill (15-2) its first regional title and sent the Colonels back to the state tournament for the first time since their state championship season in 2001. Magruder (14-4) was the only team to beat the Wolverines this season.
In the girls' final, Charlotte Rizzi's powerful left foot and Bliss Hanlon's save of a penalty kick propelled defending state champion Whitman to a 4-2 shootout victory over top-seeded Quince Orchard.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Rizzi said. "I think we had confidence in each other; that we'd work hard."
Rizzi scored both goals for Whitman (11-3) in regulation. Kamer Clark's goal in the 66th minute pulled No. 9 Quince Orchard (12-4-1) even, and regulation expired with the score 2-2.
Staff writer Alan Goldenbach contributed to this report.