Bo Manor blanks Per­ryville to ad­vance in girls’ soc­cer play­offs

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Bo­hemia Manor cre­ated sev­eral scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half of its 1A East Sec­tion I girls’ soc­cer semi­fi­nal matchup against vis­it­ing Per­ryville Tues­day, but could not find the back of net.

The Ea­gles set­tled their nerves at half­time, and in the first minute of the sec­ond half,

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scored on their first of­fen­sive chance, as for­ward Kirstin Walz found the back of the net to pro­pel Bo Manor to a 2-0 vic­tory over the Pan­thers.

With the win, the Ea­gles (9-31) ad­vance to the sec­tion fi­nal on Fri­day.

“I think we re­laxed and thought to our­selves ‘ We can do this. We just need to get rid of the nerves,’” Walz said. “We got fo­cused, and as a team, we were able to think about it, do bet­ter and put it away.”

Bo Manor started the sec­ond half with pos­ses­sion and im­me­di­ately put the pres­sure on the Per­ryville de­fense. Katie O’Hare found the ball and passed it down to the goal line to a streak­ing Hanna Clarke.

Clark then crossed a shot into the box that just went over the goal­keeper’s arms and to the foot of Walz, who guided the pass into the net.

It was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for Walz to score her first goal of the sea­son.

“That’s a re­lief for us. I think we had 12 shots in the first half. So, to be able to put away our first shot in the sec­ond half was sort of like re­demp­tion af­ter not be­ing able to put it away in the first one,” Bo Manor coach Lissy Haney said. “That’s Kirstin’s first goal of the sea­son. She has been at­tack­ing so much and has been in­volved in so many plays and just hasn’t put one away. It was just ex­tra sweet that that was her first goal and it put us on top.”

The Ea­gles con­tin­ued to con­trol the tempo in the sec­ond half, cre­at­ing more chances and lim­it­ing the Pan­thers’ abil­ity to pos­sess the ball. In the game’s 64th minute, Bo Manor made it 2-0 when for­ward Erin Horsey won the ball in the air, made a cou­ple of touches and rock­eted a shot into the net from long range.

Horsey’s goal was in­dica­tive of how Bo Manor played through­out the game as it won most of the 50-50 balls, which Haney at­tributes to the Ea­gles’ in­ten­sity.

“Th­ese girls re­ally wanted to win. I think that just comes down to hus­tle and heart and want­ing to be in­volved in ev­ery sin­gle play. Hat’s off to them, they played hard to­day,” Haney said. “They def­i­nitely showed that they wanted to win this game.”

The Pan­thers ended the sea­son 4-8 over­all.

Note: Bo Manor will face the win­ner of Tues­day’s sec­tion semi­fi­nal be­tween Pat­ter­son Mill and Havre de Grace. The con­test was still play­ing by press time on Tues­day.

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