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Titans win 1A state title in girls soccer

November 21, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

CATONSVILLE, Md. - From the first day of tryouts this summer, midfielder Molly Franklin knew the Tuscarora girls soccer team had a chance to do something special.

The Titans did that Saturday night, winning the Maryland Class 1A state title in their first year as a varsity program with a 5-1 victory over Sparrows Point.

"We tried to temper the enthusiasm at the beginning of the season, but we expected to have the opportunity to do something like this," Tuscarora coach Mark Wolcott said.

After a sluggish start to the game, the Titans (16-2) took the lead in the 20th minute on a goal by Amanda Meehan off an assist by Franklin.

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Five minutes later, Franklin dribbled the ball down the middle of the field, juked two defenders and beat Sparrows Point goalkeeper Amanda Cowen to give Tuscarora a 2-0 lead.

"I've worked with many big-time players over the years and Molly is as good as any I've coached," Wolcott said.

Courtney Yee scored two unassisted goals early in the second half to give the Titans a 4-0 lead.

Yee later left the game with a broken collarbone.

Kathy Williams scored for Sparrows Point (12-5), but Natalie Salovich quickly answered for Tuscarora midway through the second half.

"We knew exactly what we had to do," said Franklin, an All-State First Team selection. "We came out and played our hearts out and got a few quick goals to take control.

"Even at the first day of tryouts, we knew that with the talented girls that we have this was our expectation."

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