West­lake girls soc­cer downs Great Mills in over­time

Phillips scores game-win­ner to lift West­lake past GM in girls soc­cer

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Head­ing into over­time of Mon­day night’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion con­test ver­sus Great Mills, West­lake head coach Kait­lyn Kobe urged her girls soc­cer team in the hud­dle to not give in at all and keep bat­tling.

Six min­utes into the ex­tra pe­riod, Great Mills goal­keeper Bai­ley Protz­man re­ceived a pass back from the de­fender. As Protz­man at­tempted to clear the pass, West­lake fresh­man Bryanna Phillips blocked the goalie’s at­tempt to clear it in the box and then nailed the game-win­ning shot into the right cor­ner of the net to lead the Wolver­ines to a thrilling 2-1 over­time win over the vis­it­ing Hor­nets in Wal­dorf.

Af­ter the clutch goal, Phillips was rushed by her team­mates in cel­e­bra­tion of the team’s big­gest win thus far this sea­son.

“I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally ex­cited be­cause in the be­gin­ning I wasn’t scor­ing any­thing, but when I scored I just cried at the end,” Phillips said. “To be hon­est, I didn’t re­ally think that I could do it, but my team­mates and coaches push me all the time. This re­ally boosts up my con­fi­dence and helps me out a lot.”

Com­ing off a 12-0 home loss to county foe North Point on Fri­day, West­lake (2-5 over­all) Kobe said that Mon­day was a huge bounce-back vic­tory.

“I was try­ing to keep the mood very light with them be­cause they had been work­ing their butts off for 80 min­utes al­ready,” said Kobe, re­fer­ring to the team speech be­fore over­time. “I told them that Great Mills isn’t go­ing to give up any­thing and that if we let down one mo­ment, they are go­ing to take it. So we came out fired up and Bryanna scored a huge goal for us. When it was over we were all go­ing crazy on the side­lines. We had a tough loss [Fri­day], so start­ing off the week with a over­time win like that is go­ing to boost up the sec­ond half of the sea­son for us.”

Great Mills had sev­eral shot at­tempts in the over­time and in the sec­ond half, but West­lake se­nior goalie Makayla Price (8 saves) made key stops to keep the Hor­nets from tak­ing the lead.

“It was def­i­nitely any­body’s game and I’m so proud of her

[Bryanna] be­cause I know she wanted this one and I told her that she would score her first goal,” Price said. “She got one last week and this week again for the game win­ner, so it is great to win bounce back we needed this win.”

West­lake got on the board in the first 30 sec­onds of the game when ju­nior Maui Gianan drib­bled around a Hor­nets de­fender and nailed a high arc­ing shot over the goalie’s head that hit the up­per right cor­ner of the net.

Two min­utes later, Great Mills tied the game at 1 when se­nior Jill Carty fin­ished a shot into the back of the net on a cross from sopho­more team­mate Sophia Hiltz that de­flected off the fin­ger­tips of Price.

That would be all the scor­ing up un­til over­time as it was evenly matched with both teams fail­ing to con­vert at the net at times through­out the late stages of the first half and all of the sec­ond half.

“To be hon­est the dif­fer­ence in the game was the first 30 sec­onds of the game,” said Great Mills head coach Matt Protz­man, whose team dropped to 2-3 on the sea­son. “We let them drib­ble right past us and score and that put us in a hole for the rest of the game. We fought back, but we made a cou­ple of de­fen­sive mis­takes in­side on our box cap­i­tal­ized at the end. Their keeper [Price] made some se­ri­ous key saves, so it was a tough game all around.”

Protz­man added, “We need to work more on our pos­ses­sion. Ev­ery time that we stopped work­ing the ball around the field we strug­gled to get an at­tack go­ing.”

PHOTO BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON

West­lake’s Maui Gianan, right, looks to drib­ble past Racheal Long of Great Mills in Mon­day night’s SMAC non­di­vi­sion con­test at West­lake High School in Wal­dorf. West­lake won the con­test 2-1 in over­time.

PHOTO BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON

West­lake’s Maui Gainan, left, trails be­hind Kayla Wells of Great Mills who is look­ing to get the ball up field in Mon­day night’s SMAC non­di­vi­sion girls soc­cer con­test. West­lake won the con­test 2-1 in over­time.

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