Bo Manor blanks Perryville to advance in girls’ soccer playoffs
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,
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.