No. 11 Bel Air girls top No. 5 Fall­ston

Krae­mer’s goal ends Har­ford soc­cer ri­valry match in over­time, 2-1

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Glenn Gra­ham — Tim Schwartz, Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group

When Har­ford County ri­vals Bel Air and Fall­ston get to­gether in girls soc­cer, the emo­tions and in­ten­sity are al­ways cranked ex­tra high.

Bel Air se­nior for­ward Lexi Krae­mer was able to stay calm at the per­fect time in Thurs­day’s show­down at Fall­ston.

With eight sec­onds left in the first over­time, the ball came to her foot just in­side the 18-yard mark. She set­tled, found an open spot and placed a shot there to send the No. 11 Bobcats to a 2-1 win over the No. 5 Cougars.

Bel Air im­proved to 2-2-1 this sea­son. Fall­ston fell to 3-2.

“I just saw the ball right in front of me and I knew I needed to get my knee over it and strike it the right way. I looked up and found the goal and it was a per­fect fin­ish,” Krae­mer said. “I didn’t even look at the time, I just knew I needed to get it in the goal. And then when I no­ticed the time I was like, ‘Oh, my God, we did it!’ ”

The highly an­tic­i­pated game fea­tured de­fend­ing state cham­pi­ons. Bel Air claimed the Class 3A state crown with a 19-0 mark last sea­son, while Fall­ston fin­ished 19-1 in win­ning Class 2A.

Fall­ston’s only loss last sea­son? A 2-0 set­back against the Bobcats on Oct. 7.

It had the Cougars de­ter­mined and it showed in the first half as they car­ried much of the play. But de­spite a num­ber of dan­ger­ous set pieces — a num­ber of long throws by se­nior right full­back Syd­ney Crofton and two cor­ner kicks — the Bobcats de­fense stayed firm and the game was score­less at the half.

The Bobcats re­grouped at the break, picked up their pace and seized mo­men­tum at the start of the sec­ond half.

Their ex­tra pep paid off when Au­tumn Dougherty headed home a beau­ti­ful free kick from mid­field by Ha­ley Se­abolt to give the vis­i­tors a 1-0 lead with 25:45 to play.

The Cougars showed more ur­gency af­ter fall­ing be­hind and were able to find the equal­izer when Maria Gen­tile headed home an as­sist from Crofton to tie the game at 1 with 7:59 to play.

In the end, Krae­mer made it the Bobcats’ night — her goal a re­bound af­ter a shot from Dougherty.

“I know a lot of girls from Fall­ston and we’re like best friends and they’re one of our big ri­vals. It was a re­ally tough game to play, but we knew we could do it if we just played our hard­est and we went out there and gave 100 per­cent,” Krae­mer said.

NO. 2 ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING 0, NO. 4 NOTRE DAME PREP 0, 2OT: Cather­ine Davis made five saves for the vis­it­ing Cava­liers (5-1-2, 1-0-1 In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land A Con­fer­ence) and Ash­ley Ga­bor made six saves for the Blaz­ers (4-1-1, 2-0-1).

NO. 13 ATHOLTON 2, NO. 14 CEN­TEN­NIAL 1, OT: Adri­enne Vaugh scored the game-ty­ing goal and as­sisted on the gamewin­ner by Vic­to­ria Huxtable as the host Raiders (7-0) beat the Ea­gles (6-2).

Jas­mine McCree gave Cen­ten­nial a 1-0 lead in the first half.

SEV­ERN 5, GAR­RI­SON FOR­EST 2: Michelle Money had two goals and an as­sist to lead the Ad­mi­rals (4-4-1, 3-0-1 IAAM B Con­fer­ence) past the host Griz­zlies (2-5, 1-4).

CH­E­SA­PEAKE-AA 6, MEADE 0: Am­ber Broad­neck’s Joseph Ve­lazquez chases South River’s Julio Ar­don dur­ing the vis­it­ing Bru­ins’ 1-0 vic­tory Thurs­day night. Amaka Chuk­wu­jekwu (14) and other Reser­voir play­ers cel­e­brate win­ning the sec­ond set of their match against host Glenelg. The un­beaten Ga­tors swept the Gla­di­a­tors in three sets. Collins had a hat trick to lead the Cougars (3-2) past the vis­it­ing Mus­tangs (3-2).

Boys soc­cer

BROAD­NECK 1, NO. 11 SOUTH RIVER 0, OT: Trevor Wig­gins scored to lift the Bru­ins (4-2) over the host Sea­hawks (3-2).

Fred Hill made four saves for Broad­neck; Kyle Berkowitz had seven for South River.

GLENELG COUN­TRY 3, CHAPELGATE CHRIS­TIAN 0: Parker Hol­brook had two goals and an as­sist to lead the Drag­ons (3-1-1, 3-0 Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion C Con­fer­ence) past the host Yel­low Jack­ets (0-5-2, 0-2).

Field hockey

NO. 1 ARCH­BISHOP SPALD­ING 3, NO. 11 GAR­RI­SON FOR­EST 1: Mar­got Lawn had a hat trick to lead the Cava­liers (8-2, 4-1IAAM A Con­fer­ence) past the host Griz­zlies (7-3, 3-2).

NO. 14 CH­E­SA­PEAKE-AA 10, MEADE 0: Re­nee Duffy had two goals and an as­sist and the Cougars (5-1) shut out the host Mus­tangs (1-4).

Girls vol­ley­ball

NO. 3 HOWARD D. WILDE LAKE, 3-0: Anna Jez­er­ski had11kills and the host Lions (4-1) beat the Wilde­cats (4-1). Howard won, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22. NO. 15 RESER­VOIR D. GLENELG, 3-0: The Ga­tors (5-0) over­came a tough sec­ond set to beat the host Gla­di­a­tors (3-2).

“We’ve been do­ing that,” Ga­tors coach Jamie Bul­lock said af­ter her team’s 25-13, 27-25, 25-19 win. “We have had our backs against the wall mul­ti­ple times this sea­son where [the op­po­nent] got 24, and it gets fig­ured out. How bad do you want this game? And they want it.”

MATTHEW COLE/ BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

JEN RYNDA/BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

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