Jen Graleski and Anne Mobley dominated the midfield and Nicole Froman set up one goal and scored the other as Loch Raven defeated visiting Joppatowne, 2-0, in a Class 2A-1A North regional quarterfinal yesterday.
The Raiders advance to face Havre de Grace, a 3-2 winner over Edgewood yesterday, in a region semifinal Friday.
The victory was the Raiders' 13th straight since a season-opening loss to Mercy, and junior goalkeeper Angie Ruocco made five saves in recording her 10th shutout.
Joppatowne ended 6-6-1.
Graleski scored 15 minutes into the game, a play set up by Froman's 35-yard throw-in, and a deflection by Susan Giannaccini. The ball went to Graleski, who had an open side of the net from 15 yards out. Froman's goal, a rising 35-yard shot that carried into the upper part of the net, came with 12 minutes left in the game.
Otherwise, the pressure was on Joppatowne's Sarah Brill, one of the top goalkeepers in Harford County. The senior came in off two straight shutouts (the Mariners did not allow more than two goals in any game this season), and she ended with 17 saves. Joppatowne applied early pressure, but after that only had an occasional offensive foray, as Loch Raven took charge.
"Today, everything came together," Graleski said. "We did not play well in our county championship win over Owings Mills last week, and we were determined to play better. Joppatowne has a good team and tested us, and we responded."
Said Joppatowne coach Chris Myers: "Their whole game is restarts and throw-ins and they are just so quick about it. We wanted to try and jump ahead early, but it didn't work out."
Second-year coach Anthony Menegatti said his Raiders had been averaging about four goals, but he expected a tough game. "When you get to regionals, everybody seems to pick it up. For us, we won it in the midfield. Graleski and Mobley controlled the game."
Loch Raven also got good midfield play from starters Nicole Wartman and Wendy Yingling and reserve Jen Hodges. Co-captains Froman and Giannaccini are the only senior starters.
In contrast, Joppatowne counts on five seniors. Besides Brill, they are Carrie Gorsuch, Sara Biggs, Nicole Duval, and Nicole Simone. Biggs and Simone, plus sophomore Tanya Meeke, shared the team scoring lead with 10 goals apiece.
Pub Date: 10/30/96