St. James to host Maryland Private School tourney

October 22, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

The St. Maria Goretti boys soccer team won't have to travel very far next weekend to defend its Maryland Private School Tournament title.

Not only is St. James playing in the tournament for the first time, it also is hosting it.

"It's going to be great for the school and good for the area," St. James coach Chris Downs said. "There's going to be a lot of soccer going."

The six-team tournament opens Oct. 30 with round-robin pool play (30-minute halves) on two fields.

The schedule is: Pool A - St. James vs. West Nottingham, 11 a.m.; West Nottingham vs. The Heights, 1:30 p.m.; The Heights vs. St. James, 4. Pool B - Goretti vs. Bishop Walsh, 11 a.m.; Bishop Walsh vs. St. John's at Prospect Hall, 1:30 p.m.; St. John's-PH vs. Goretti, 4.


The next day, the top two teams from each pool will meet in the semifinals (A1 vs. B2; B1 vs. A2) at 10:30 a.m. Following a fifth-place game at noon, the championship game will be played at 2:30.

Downs likes his team's chances. The Saints beat Goretti and Bishop Walsh earlier this season and tied St. John's-PH.

"Coming in, The Heights probably has the most pure ability, as far as that goes," Downs said. "But hopefully we can make some noise, too. It should be an even tournament. There should be some good games."

Barkdoll done, Devils not

The No. 1 Greencastle boys will be without senior forward Jared Barkdoll, a 2003 All-Area first-teamer, on Saturday when they play Northern in a Mid-Penn win-or-stay-home playoff for entry into the District 3-AA tournament.

Barkdoll suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during the Blue Devils' 2-1 win over Trinity last Thursday. He had led the team in goals.

"We got to win to go," Greencastle coach Scott Gelsinger said. "We'll miss Jared, but I think we're ready. The team's playing well."

In Barkdoll's absence, the Blue Devils beat previously unbeaten and Colonial Division champ Shippensburg 3-1 last Saturday and then pummeled Harrisburg 10-2 Tuesday to win the Capital Division title.

Greencastle did not play Northern, the Colonial runner-up, during the regular season.

'Dogs-Eagles times II

Martinsburg and Hedgesville will face each other twice Saturday at Musselman for the West Virginia Region II Section 4 titles.

The girls play at 1 p.m. and the boys at 2:30.

The winners will play in the Region II semifinals Tuesday at Martinsburg - girls at 5:30, boys at 7.

North vs. South

The North Hagerstown vs. South Hagerstown boys-girls doubleheader, which was rained out last Saturday, is set for Wednesday at School Stadium. Boys play at 5:30, girls at 7.

At least one of the games will be worth more than city bragging rights. The North girls need to win to share a piece of the MVAL Antietam crown with Smithsburg and Catoctin. Should the North boys beat Boonsboro on Monday, a win over South would be the only thing standing between the Hubs and sole possession of the Antietam title.

If the Boonsboro boys beat North, the conference crown is all theirs.

ยท The Maryland region tournaments begin next Friday. The pairings will be appear in The Herald-Mail early next week.

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