BY TOM WORGO
His team has been nothing but winners during that span. Every year, the Gators finished the season with a championship.
This fall, Perry Hall took home a fourth consecutive title, though for the second straight year they had to share it.
The Gators were co-champs with Dulaney after a scoreless tie.
"I have a mixed reaction," Ward said. "The girls had fought hard, played well and it was a long season. They wanted to walk away with the trophy.
"But at the same time, it's a big deal that they are county champions," he said. "Even though the girls are little bit upset they didn't win it outright, they should be proud to have a share of it."
Perry Hall displayed a tremendous work ethic.
"Their dedication in particular was nice," Ward said. "They set their minds to have a successful season and they practiced hard every day."
The Gators recorded 11 shutouts en route to an 10-1-1 record and allowed just one goal all season.
Sophomores Amy Kosiorek, Phylicia Kavanagh, Samantha Bentz, Kristen Zimmerman and Jessie Schroeder and freshmen Jenna Burley and Nikki Dowell formed the stellar the defense.
"They played at the highest of levels," Ward said. "All year the defense was solid and we had a lot of leadership from the backs."
Against Dulaney, the defense allowed only six shots and goalie Brittney Donovan made four saves.
"They held my girls to no goals," Dulaney Coach Amy Casner said. "We had 33 in 10 games. They were a strong all-around team and a cohesive group."
Perry Hall's frontline of freshmen Kaylee Smith, Kaleigh Herring and Brenna Cerrato helped the offense produce 45 goals during the season.
Feeding the forwards were midfielders Katie Emminger, Marcia Laud and Cara Culatta.
The county title game wasn't the last of the season for some team members. Varsity Coach Brad Kressman promoted Zimmerman, Bentz, Emminger, Kosiorek and Smith to the varsity at the end of the season.
"We are in a very nice position," Ward said. "We have a very deep program. We can draw from rec programs like Perry Hall and White Marsh and there are a lot of club organizations.
"So I know we should be competitive," he noted. "We should be in the thick of (the title race) every year. We have the talent to do it."