Girls Soccer: Richmond -Burton topples Parker for state semifinal berth
Updated: May 22, 2012 9:58PM
Richmond-Burton had never made it out of the regionals before this season. The Rockets will be heading to its first final four after defeating Parker 3-1 on Tuesday at the Ridgewood Supersectional.
Richmond (23-2-2) will face Notre Dame from Quincy in the second semifinal on Friday at North Central College.
‘‘This is so exciting,’’ senior midfielder Hannah Condit said. ‘‘We played a really good team tonight but we have worked so hard to get here.’’
Condit provided a beautifully accurate corner-kick from the left side that travelled across the goal mouth and found Sam Boettjer, who headed the ball in during the six-minute mark of the second half. That goal gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead which would end up being the game-winner.
‘‘Whether it’s the penalty-kick or the corner-kick, Heather has been perfect with it all year,’’ Richmond coach Chris Wagner said. ‘‘She is such a calming presence for us. She knows how to settle us down.’’
The Rockets were able to put extra defenders back on defense because of the speed and ball-dribbling skills of Amanda Hoglund. The freshman forward would often go 1-on-3 and still come away with a quality shot.
She scored her 11th goal of the playoffs to open the scoring in the llth minute of the first half. The scrappy Hoguland outfought a defender and the goalie for the ball and used her left foot to guide the ball into the net from the middle.
‘‘They had everyone back on defense,’’ Parker coach Neil Curran said. ‘‘All they did was play it forward knowing they had a scoring threat in Hoglund.’’
Hoglund had seven shots on goals and had five other near misses. It was her breakaway that produced a penalty kick with 19:36 left to play. Condit took the penalty kick and drilled it in the lower left corner for a 3-0 lead.
‘‘I don’t think age matters with her,’’ Condit said. ‘‘She is really skilled and she is literally one of the fastest players I have ever seen.’’
Evan Fencik prevented the shutout with a goal to the left side with 8:17 left to play. Fencik is just a junior and will be returning along with seven other underclassmen starters to give Parker (17-6-2) a strong team for next season.