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River Hill's Sheridan Street on another state title, heading to Syracuse

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During the school year, Varsity Letters will periodically ask student-athletes from various sports to step in as guest bloggers. They will share their personal thoughts during pivotal stretches of a given season.

This week's guest is River Hill senior forward Sheridan Street. The All-Metro first-team selection closed out her high school career with the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Huntingtown last week that gave the No. 2 Hawks (14-4-1) their second straight Class 3A state crown.  She is set to graduate from River Hill in December to enroll early at Syracuse, where she will continue her soccer career.

Here's what Sheridan wrote on Wednesday:

As I pondered my decision to graduate from high school a semester early to attend Syracuse University, I began feeling nostalgic for the close knit River Hill girls soccer team. This is the team that I played on since my freshman year.  With the memory of last year’s state championship still fresh in my mind, I knew that I didn’t want my final high school season to end without another state championship.

The road to the state championship game, however, was bumpier this time around. But our consistently difficult regular season proved to be a blessing.  Together, we came up with a saying for whenever we’d get down on ourselves during a game, “Keep fighting!” Every game had been a battle for us in the regular season and whether we won, lost, or tied, we fought every minute. 

Coming into playoffs, I felt we were peaking at the right time, but I knew other teams were coming to the peak of their season as well.  Our playoff season started with Howard County teams that we’d played before and knew well.  We knew that Reservoir (which we had beaten) and Centennial (which we had tied) were going to come back with a vengeance. We were used to battling, but we knew now that we needed to “keep fighting” more than ever. 

The Reservoir playoff game was the last River Hill home field game the seniors would ever play.  It was then I realized how much my team really wanted to win it all!  We came back from a two-goal deficit to win the game in PKs.  Against Centennial, we came back from a one-goal deficit to win in OT.  The game I think my team was most scared for was the state semifinal game against 17-0 Damascus. We remembered how hard we had to battle to get to that point, and we were willing to battle again.  I believe the 4-1 win against a team that had only allowed 7 goals in its entire 17-game season gave us confidence for the state final.

We knew that the state final would most likely be a tight game … a one goal game. We came onto the field knowing we could not let them score. I give props to my defense for stepping up and preventing Huntingtown, a scoring powerhouse, from putting the ball in the net. Then, on a great clear off of a Huntingtown corner kick, I was able to counter attack and score. That goal stood as the lone goal for the game.

It’s an unbelievable feeling to win the state championship my senior year. My junior year, we had a perfect 19-0 season and a state championship. But, I think it’s safe to say that this championship means so much more because we were able to bounce back from several losses and tight games and ultimately reach our goal … we kept fighting.

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