Titans shut out Crusaders to win MIL Championship
Special to the Whig
For the last couple seasons, the Tome School girls’ soccer squad could not compete for a conference championship due to the fact the Mid-Atlantic Independent League (MIL) has been unable to field enough teams to host a championship game.
This year, the MIL had enough teams to allow the Titans to compete for a championship, and they took advantage of their opportunity as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over visiting Tri-State Christian Academy to win the conference title.
“It feels great. I think our team is definitely great. I think it is an honor. We haven’t had a chance to play for a championship for a couple of years,” Tome’s Lindsay Llewellyn said. “I like having championships. Especially playing against a team like Tri-State, it feels very good.”
The Titans controlled possession right from the start as they kept the ball on the Crusaders’ side of the field for the majority of the game. That pressure finally paid off in the 16th minute when the ball found the foot of Llewellyn, who whipped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the net to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.
Not letting up after getting the lead, Tome continued to pressure Tri-State’s defense, and in the 30th minute, Taylor Demasi scored to give Tome a 2-0 lead. Demasi added her second goal of the game five minutes into the second half to extend the Titans’ advantage to 3-0.
Tome continued to control the ball in the second half after Demasi’s second goal, preventing Tri-State from getting any scoring chances. When the referee blew the final whistle, Tome celebrated a conference title.
“It feels great. We played together as a team really well,” Demasi said. “I feel like we can keep on going with this.”
Even though they fell just short of winning a conference title, the Crusaders are happy with the runner-up finish in the MIL. Head coach Colin Ford was glad to see his team improve their performance against the Titans.
“I know it’s a small league, but for our girls to have a conference to compete in, it’s something special. I know Tome has been a tough team for us to play the last 4-5 years, but we’ve been making progress,” Ford said. “It’s all that we can ask for is for them to give their best effort and come out and compete. I’m proud of the way they played. Tome has a great team and a great coach.”
Rising Sun’s Liz Zatalava grabs a loose ball during her team’s 12-11 win over Elkton on April 25.