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.”

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