Westlake girls soccer downs Great Mills in overtime
Phillips scores game-winner to lift Westlake past GM in girls soccer
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.”
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.
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.