3A Women’s State Soccer Championships
Linganore vs River Hill
The march towards River Hill’s third straight championship for Women’s soccer came to it’s swan song late Thursday evening against the Linganore Lancer’s who weren’t there already ready to hoist the second place trophy. It was Frederick County vs Howard County, two Maryland soccer powerhouses in snowfall and freezing rain in one of the best games of the year.
The scoring came early and often for both sides as Jessica Hopkins, one of the most proficient players this year for the Lady Hawks, ran the ball down the sideline after receiving a fantastic through ball from Alex Hamer, beating the last player for a bottom corner score just past the keeper’s outstretched paw in the 4th minute. Hopkins and Hamer were involved together again in the Hawk’s second goal only two minutes later in the 6th, as Hopkins sent a corner kick over the heads of the closest defenders, bouncing to the feet of senior and captain, Hamer who volleyed it low and hovering off the ground leaving no chance for the keeper to save it in time. The ball notched itself into the side netting and River Hill had notched its second goal in the first six minutes. However the Lady Lancer’s would retaliate quickly as Elizabeth Coletti brought Linganore within one after finishing a mishandled ball in the box in the 10th minute.
The second half however was ran by the Lancer’s as they recorded four shots on net, all close calls nearly evening the score and taking the Lady Hawks to overtime. A penalty kick in the 53rd minute after a controversial call in the box led to Lancer’s being denied on the spot by a great diving save to River Hill’s Julia Caine’s left. More shots and opportunities came for the Lady Lancer’s as two more ball were cleared off of River Hill’s line twice in the closing ten minutes of the game. It was a nail biter but the Lady Hawks maintained their first half lead and celebrated with their very supportive fan section.
Jessica Hopkins is a stand out player with unbelievable vision, a fantastic touch and long lasting stamina as she remained on the pitch for the entire eighty minutes. River Hill walked away with their third straight championship, leaving Hopkins to seek a championship every year of her high school career next year, something I will be personally on the look out for as this soccer program from Clarksville, Maryland continues to impress me every minute of play. The final score was River Hill 2-1 Lingaore.