-- Tuscarora sisters Emmy and Callie Simpkins cried along with several teammates Thursday night, but not just because the Titans claimed the Maryland 3A girls' soccer title with a 2-0 victory over Towson at UMBC.
Sophomore goalie Emmy and freshman forward Callie were wearing their green and white uniforms for the final time, knowing that when their teammates return to school Friday, they'll be gone. The Simpkins will be en route to Charlotte where they'll live with their mother and attend a new high school.
"The last few minutes of the game I was looking around the field and I knew this was the last time I would see all these girls who are my friends every day," Emmy said. "I never felt this way, being happy and at the same time sad because it was all coming to an end."
Emmy made two saves in her 14th shutout for the fourth-ranked Titans (17-1) to cap a year in which she allowed just five goals in 1,448 minutes. Callie led the team with nine assists to go along with eight goals, and was constantly around the ball against the Generals (10-7).
"I'll remember this season and this game for the rest of my lifetime," Callie said.
Tuscarora sophomore forward Courtney Yee scored in the 19th minute, blasting a shot from just outside the penalty area over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper. Senior midfielder Molly Franklin added a goal in the 66th minute.
Tuscarora's victory culminated an impressive three-year run for the newest school in Frederick County, which opened in 2003 and fielded only junior varsity soccer teams until last fall. Last year, the Titans went 16-2 and won the 1A title, but the school's rise in enrollment made it a 3A school this year.
The Titans dropped their first game of the year to Sherwood, 2-1, but haven't lost since, reeling off 17 straight wins. They outscored their opposition 53-5.
"It seems like forever when we were just a junior varsity team," Franklin said. "But now, if you look at the talent we have, I'd be confident going against any team in the state."