Knights defend region crown

November 07, 2000

Knights defend region crown

By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - When the Middletown and Urbana girls soccer teams met in the Frederick County tournament, Urbana's defense got the best of Middletown, forcing the game into penalty kicks.

But Middletown came in ready for the Hawks' defense Tuesday night to beat them 4-1 in the Class 2A West region final.

"(Urbana) played good competition for their regular season play, but we also knew they had a swarming type defense where they try to come over to the ball and compeltely swarm the ball," Middletown coach John Miller said. "What we've been working on is taking that first touch and sending it opposite and we got our first two goals tonight were on that kind of play."

The Knights (15-3) scored 17 minutes into the first half when Sam Wilson kicked the ball over Urbana goalie Carrie Crogan. Kim Waeber had the assist.


"It was an over-the-top play by Waeber," Wilson said. "One thing I've been working is, a lot of times I'll take my touch really far out, but this time I did what I was supposed to and I cut it and took the long shot. It's something I've been working on."

The Knights scored again less than a minute later when Trista Haupt had the first of her two goals for the evening.

"The first two goals were exactly what we've been trying to do, we had our striker (Trista) and Sam basically stationed on the last defender on the weak side," Miller said. "So when we tried to bring the ball across they would peal off and hopefully one would get shot and the first two goals were like that."

Haupt's second goal came with 12 minutes left in the game when she scored off a ball that was bounced around and then put in the goal to give Middletown a 3-1 lead.

"The ball came across and Megan Durant almost had it, but it kind of ricocheted off her and I was just there to finish it," Haupt said.

Stef Burroughs scored the final goal for the Knights with a little under two minutes left in the game. Burroughs scored off a penalty kick.

"I can't say enough about our midfielders tonight, Stef and Lainey Nichols in the center of the field really controlled the play, sent beautiful balls in most of the night," Miller said.

The Knights took 35 shots. Middletown goalie Anna Halse had five saves.

"I think that we were mentally ready and I think we knew that we were the ones to beat, this was our game to lose and we were ready for them," Haupt said.

The Hawks (13-5) took 12 shots and goalie Crogan had 12 saves.

"(Urbana has) never beaten us, so they certainly come in with that kind of albatross around their neck, I think that's an issue," Miller said.

St. John's-Prospect Hall 2, Key School 0

FREDERICK, Md. - Marta Merkel scored two second-half goals to break a scoreless tie and lead St. John's at Prospect Hall to a win in the quarterfinals of the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland tournament.

St. John's (15-5-1) advances to the tournament semifinals on Thursday at 3, possibly at top-seeded Bryn Mawr.

Lindsey Weaver made nine saves for the Vikings.

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