BOYS SOCCER: Warriors Are Bound for States

Havre de Grace defeated Sparrows Point in penalty kicks Tuesday to win the Class 1A North region title and advance to the Class 1A state semifinals.

Brad Davidson converted the fifth straight successful penalty kick for Havre de Grace after 100 minutes of regulation and overtime couldn't determine the Class 1A North region final.

The Warriors and Sparrows Point finished regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods deadlocked at one. Sparrows Point missed its opening penalty kick, while Havre de Grace converted all five to advance to the Class 1A state semifinal Saturday at North County High School in Anne Arundel County.

, , , and Davidson scored for Havre de Grace in the best-of-five penalty kick period. Davidson's goal touched off a wild celebration on the turf at .

Bobby Smith scored a first-half goal for the third straight postseason game to knot the game at 1-1 after Sparrows Point got on the board in the opening minutes of play.

James Antonopolos made a handful of highlight-reel saves in the Warriors goal, and the Havre de Grace defense grinded against a physical, attacking Pointers squad.

Saturday's game time will be determined on Wednesday, Warriors athletic director Heather Crawford said.

This is the third appearance in the state tournament for the Warriors, who are seeking their first boys soccer state championship.

Ron Tabor November 09, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Congratulations, Warriors! Great team effort! Super job by our goalkeeper! By the way, Sean, because of the banner hanging in the gym, I think the Warriors won their first and only state championship in soccer in 1926!
Sean Welsh November 09, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Ron, you're right. The MPSSAA record books don't go back that far. Good call! Is anyone going to the game Saturday? We'll have information about t-shirts and a bus and all that fun stuff first thing Thursday. -SW
Dot Hines November 10, 2011 at 04:25 AM
Here's a great picture of Tyler Sylvester who played a huge role in this victory. His main job the entire game was to shut down the Pointers go-to player #10. Job well done! http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/harford/sports/high-school/ph-ag-boys-socccer-1111-20111108,0,385891.story
Dot Hines November 10, 2011 at 04:41 AM
I added video that shows the Warrior goal, the big save in the first overtime, and the 5 penalty kicks.
Kathleen O'Brien November 10, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Here's the info from Heather Crawford, HHS Athletic Director - scroll to end.... SATURDAY - 12 NOVEMBER 2011 GAME @ 7:30 PM HdG vs. Mountain Ridge @ North County High School, Glen Burnie FAN BUS - $10.00 leaves HHS @ 5:45pm Students w/o parents MUST HAVE signed permission slip. T-Shirts - $10.00 - white shirt w/maroon logo Call Main Office - (410) 939-6600 - for bus reservations & t-shirt orders. GO WARRIORS!!!! YOU ROCK!!!


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