Pasadena—The Patterson Mill soccer teams had a doubly good day Saturday, sweeping both girls and boys Class 1A state semifinal games at Northeast-Anne Arundel High School.
The girls are headed back to the 1A final for a third straight year, while the boys, after two failed tries, reached the final for the first time.
Both will play Sparrows Point in respective, 1A title games at Loyola University next week at day and time not yet determined.
The Patterson Mill girls (11-5-1) win came over McDonough, 3-0.
Despite the advantage in possession for much of the first 20 minutes, the Huskies didn’t jump ahead until the 20:57 mark of the first half.
Senior forward Kaley Thompson made a run down the far sideline. Nearing the corner, Thompson sent the ball across and inside the 18-yard box.
The ball found its way to Marissa Lapinsky, a senior midfielder, who took the initial shot, but it was deflected up and off the cross bar by McDonough goalie Marisa Gibbs.
The ball dropped out front and senior Niani McDonald calmly kicked it in for the 1-0 lead.
“I crossed it and Marissa had the shot that hit the pipe and oh my gosh, and then Niani McDonald, one of our forwards, she was right there, just standing there ready to finish it if its didn’t go right and she just tapped it in,” Thompson said. “It was awesome, it really calmed our nerves after we got that first goal and then we were able to play the way we wanted.”
10 minutes later it was Thompson who put the Huskies up 2-0.
Thompson slipped behind the Rams defense and collected the feed from Lapinsky.
Rams goalie Gibbs came out, but Thompson was able to get enough of the ball, rolling it into the left corner.
It was that same combination that provided the Huskies final goal, scored 15 minutes into the second half.
It was almost identical as the first with Thompson taking the pass from Lapinsky. Thompson then used her speed to beat the defender and drill another low shot into the right corner of the goal.
“Marissa and I really had this chemistry going on and she just sent me two great balls when I made my diagonal cut and it just opened up the defense and I just placed it in the corner.”
The Huskies defense, meanwhile, was controlling the offensive threat of the Rams. Peyton Carney and Elizabeth Saoud had combined for 31 goals and 21 assists.
The pair had offered no real shot due to the defense of Beth Bruck, Eryn Lloyd and Anna Salerno.
“I think it was about communication and all of us helping each other out and making sure that if one us steps up, the other person drops back and stays goal-side,” Bruck said. “Our goalie (MC Cicenia) was really vocal today, that helps out a lot.”
Cicenia finished with four saves, while Gibbs made nine saves for the Rams, who finish the year 12-6.
“I think there’s always a little bit of nerves going into this, think we were confident,” Huskies coach Mike Parker said. “We knew they were gonna be better than they were last year. We knew they were going to be pretty talented this year. Bust once that first one went in, we calmed down, we worked the ball a little bit better, because we were giving it away a little bit too much and we started working them a little bit.”
Huskies boys win, too
The Patterson Mill boys shut out International High School at Langley Park , 5-0,.
'"The kids played well, we played a hard schedule this year. All the Harford County, Cecil County teams are tough and we played Perry Hall, Towson," Huskies coach Wes Rich said. "We just got use to playing a fast game and a fast pace and now it's paying off."
It didn't take Patterson Mill (11-7) long to get going against the International Phoenix (14-3), who were making their first state semifinal appearance in just the school's second season.
Threatening from the opening whistle, senior forward Cameron Neumann opened the scoring just over five minutes in. Neumann one-timed a cross to get it past International goalie Emilio Paz Cruz, who did get a hand on it.
The Huskies added another goal some eight minutes later with Andrew Papageorgopoulos, a junior, netting the goal.
With 12:51 left in the opening half, senior Jacob Smith scored the first of his two goals. International goalie Cruz came away off his line, to the edge of the box, but Smith was able to kick the ball away and past him. Smith then raced to the ball and sent a low shot inside the far post for the 3-0 lead.
International had a pair of corner kicks in the first half, but neither created a shot. The best scoring chance came with eight minutes left, but Erick Pereira's direct kick sail way, too high.
Teammate Javan Aching had a decent shot 10 minutes into the second half, but that shot missed wide right.
"We played them last year and they've got a lot of good individual skills, so we worried about guys attacking that can create on the dribble and create on their own," Rich said. "Our kids did a good job containing it, trying to keep the ball in front of them and it worked out."
Smith added his second goal with 15:39 to play and with 5:10 left, International had its third corner kick, which resulted in a header over the goal.
The Huskies fifth and final goal came with the substitutes in to play. Paul Kim, a junior forward, scored the goal with 2:17 showing on the clock.
Patterson Mill goalie Ryan Jeon registered just one save. International keeper Cruz made three saves.
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