Soccer notes - First one to 100 ...

October 04, 2000

Soccer notes - First one to 100 ...

St. Maria Goretti striker Erin Ryan is the prototype when it comes to leading by example.

The soft-spoken senior has worn the captain's armband for the Gaels for the last two seasons, and hit the 100-goal mark for her career on Sept. 21 vs. Hedgesville.

"My parents knew more about this than I did," Ryan said. "If it didn't happen, it wasn't something I was going to be too worried about."

Lack of concern hasn't translated into lack of effort, though. She scored 22 as a freshman, 29 as a sophomore then turned it up for 40 as a junior last season. She now stands at 101, and her exploits have gotten her recruitment calls from Division I schools South Carolina, New Hampshire and La Salle. She's also looking at Bucknell and Loyola (Md.).


But even though she only had 10 through 12 games this year, the girl with the 100 goals doesn't mind a bit.

"Having the players around me that can get me the ball ... that's been the best," Ryan said. "My job is to finish the play."

And then she grinned.

"But I've been doing that for awhile."

All for one

When Joe Higbee broke the Thomas Johnson record for career points last week, the senior forward may have wrote his name in indelible ink across the pages of the Patriots' record book.

"Although Joey is a modest individual and doesn't make a big deal out of things like this ... it's something he's going to be very pleased with," TJ coach Brett Haight said. "He's left a legacy, something that will be here when he's gone."

Higbee's 75 points and 28 goals and 19 assists pushed him past Peter Quinn, who went on to play at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. And this record, unlike many that are broken, was there for everyone to see.

"One of the things that makes Joey so great is that he's such a team player; he's so unselfish," Haight said. "We kept a running record in the team room. We wanted it to be something not only for him, but for the team as well."

One team's title ...

The Middletown girls got what they wanted Monday in a 4-0 win over Walkersville. In a sense, so did the Lions.

The Knights won the aggressive, physical battle that all but sewed up the Monocacy Athletic League title.

Yet Walkersville came away with something that might be more important - hope.

"Middletown is a strong team and they attack you in numbers," Walkersville coach Greg Keller said. "We were hoping for a better finish in the last 15 minutes, but some things happened. But I think we proved that there is going to be more than just Middletown and Urbana battling for the (Class) 2A region title."

Walkersville held the defending state co-champion Knights scoreless for nearly 62 minutes before Sam Wilson broke through. The goal turned the momentum of the game, but it wasn't devastating to the Lions.

"We could have got it all back if we just put a shot in the back of the goal," Keller said. "Had we done that, things could have been a lot different. We aren't far off ... all we have to do is work on the finish of our game."

Coming up

Thursday - North girls at Walkersville, to likely decide who finishes second in the MVAL, and Cumberland Valley at Chambersburg boys in a Mid Penn Commonwealth battle.

Saturday - West Virginia's top-ranked team and defending state champion, Morgantown, travels to Hedgesville.

Tuesday - St. Maria Goretti girls at Martinsburg, where a Gaels win likely takes the AVL, the Williamsport-North boys rematch with conference standings on the line.

Staff writers Dan Spears, Bob Parasiliti and Dan Kauffman compiled this week's notebook.

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