South River Girls Sports Dominate in State Playoffs

For the first time in the school's history, two girls sports programs claimed state championships in the same season.

In the past, South River's girls sports teams have come awfully close to claiming a two-title season. 

Back in 2005, the Seahawks' field hockey team won the title, but the girls soccer squad fell short in the championship game. However, last week, the local school community saw both those teams claim championships, allowing South River to claim it has one of the most impressive girls sports programs in the state—at least for now. 

The field hockey squad soundly defeated Catonsville High 6-0 last week. That performance was followed up and matched by the girls soccer team, which won a state title of their own in penalties against Bethesda-Chevy Chase High on Saturday.

For the girls soccer team, the championship was its first since back-to-back title-winning teams in 1996 and 1997. 

South River Athletic Director Dave Klingel said the entire school community was elated for the two teams, and that their success is indicative of their hard work and the coaches' leadership.

"Our girls programs as a whole have been strong for a long time ...you know, it's a culture that I think in the last seven years we've tried to create a winning mentality," Klingel said. "These two programs are becoming perennial powerhouses and I'm honored to be part of them. You can't find better people." 

Throughout the year, both teams had their fair share of dramatic moments and clutch contributors including Jennie Milligan (field hockey) and Kacie Longo (soccer).

However, for the girls soccer team, all of it came down to a dramatic, championship-clinching penalty kick from Alyssa Hill.

Hill, a sophomore, told The Washington Post after the win that she wanted to honor the seniors with how she played in the season’s final game. She even said the thought of her fellow teammates crying motivated her to ensure the ball went into the net.

Now that the fall sports seasons have come to an end, Patch wants to gather some of the best moments you—the parents—have captured throughout the field hockey and girls soccer playoff runs. 

Have a great picture? Post it here and share it for the Seahawk community to enjoy. 


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