Eagles score two late goals to edge Panthers
Special to the Whig
— For the majority of the second half of its UCBAC Susquehanna Division girls’ soccer battle with Perryville, Bohemia Manor was constantly on the attack in an attempt to get an equalizing goal.
The Eagles avoided frustration when their chances just missed, and in the game’s final 10 minutes, they scored
two goals to earn a 2-1 victory over the host Panthers at Calvert Regional Park Tuesday. “I think we controlled our frustration because we knew we were right there, and when we’re right there, we’re like ‘Yeah, we got it.’ We push ourselves more,” Bo Manor’s Hanna Clarke said.
The Eagles entered the second half trailing 1-0 after giving up a goal to Per- ryville’s Maddie Carr midway through the first half. Bo Manor spent the majority of the second half creating opportunities with possession.
After 30 minutes and several close misses, Bo Manor finally knotted the score at 1 when Clarke won a race to a Katie O’Hare cross and flicked it into the net.
With the momentum from Clarke’s goal, the Eagles continued to dictate the action. In the 77th minute, Lexi Cook gathered a Clarke cross, took a step, then rock- eted a shot that slid just under the crossbar to give Bo Manor a 2-1 lead.
“I had the ball and took a step to the right, but I’m normally left footed. So, I didn’t think I would take the shot, but I did,” Cook said. “It just happened to go in.”
Both of the Eagles’ (4-2 overall, 1-0 Susquehanna) goals were created by starting the play out wide and crossing the ball into the middle, which is something they have been making a concentrated effort to do to open up the offense.
“That’s something we’ve been focusing on, just trying to switch the field. I feel like we kind of get collapsed in the middle. So, if we can get the ball wide and get those crosses in, it’s one of the better options for us to use our width,” Bo Manor coach Lissy Dean said. “We did that in the second half, and it made a difference.”
Perryville (1-5, 0-2) had a couple of chances in the final minutes to get the equalizer, but one shot went high and goalkeeper Emily Park made a save on another to help the Eagles hold on for the win.
For the first 70 minutes, the Panthers played a very confident game, allowing them to maintain the lead despite being under constant pressure. But once Bo Manor tied it, Perryville seemed to fall in a rut.
“We had great teamwork and communication, and we played with confidence,” Perryville coach Cay Weller said. “I think when Bo scored, it think it took a little bit of our confidence with it, a little bit of our teamwork and a little bit of our communication.”