Arundel forfeits first 9 games

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Old Mill girls soccer team must forfeit its first nine games of the season for having an ineligible player on its roster.

Old Mill athletic director Bruce Lawton and girls soccer coach Vern Hines confirmed that the Anne Arundel County Board of Arbitrators ordered the school yesterday to forfeit its first nine games during which the ineligible player, a starter, was a member of the team.

"The young lady involved was found to live out of the area," Lawton said. "We will forfeit all the games before the Chesapeake game."

Hines said he suspended the ineligible player - who lived outside the school's district - and reported his team to school officials as soon as he was provided a tip about her residency status before the Patriots' game against Chesapeake last Wednesday.

"I reported my team because I didn't want anyone to think we did anything wrong," said Hines. "I turned my team in because integrity's important to me and to the girls."

Before yesterday, Old Mill had a 9-2 overall record and a 7-2 mark in Anne Arundel County. Ranked No. 12 in The Sun poll, the Patriots were the most significant surprise of the season.

Old Mill had compiled an 8-1 overall record and a 6-1 county mark before the player was suspended by Hines. As ordered by the board after the meeting yesterday, the team will forfeit those eight wins.

Since the suspension, the Patriots have won one game and lost another. Their record will be adjusted to display a 1-10 overall mark and a 1-8 record in the county.

Despite the violation, the Patriots will be permitted to participate in the Class 4A East regional playoffs, which begin in 10 days.

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