For the the four-time defending Class 1A state champion Sparrows Point girls soccer team, it was business as usual on Friday. For the school’s boys team, it was something new.
Both teams enjoyed wins in their respective Class 1A state semifinal games Friday at Northeast — the girls with a 5-0 win over Boonsboro and the boys beating Clear Spring in penalty kicks.
In the girls game, the No. 6 Pointers (14-2) scored all five of their goals in the second half with Jasmine Pinter scoring three to lead the way. Now, they get a chance to set a state record if they can bring home a fifth straight crown. Sparrows Point will meet the winner of Saturday’s Patterson Mill-McDonough semifinal winner for the championship next week at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.
The boys team, which also will go for its fifth state title but first since 2006, had a tougher time against Clear Spring with a 1-1 tie through overtime.
In the penalty kick shootout, the Pointers (10-8-1) got goals from Givoni Herring, Ben Hester and Zach Lambert, while goalie Nate Schonee made one save.
John Herget scored in the first half for the Pointers and Schoene finished with 14 saves in the win. They will take on Saturday’s Patterson Mill-International High School at Langley Park winner.
The championship games in all four classifications will take place on Wednesday, Friday and next Saturday with dates and times for each yet to be determined.