Rams take down the re­gion

McDonough shuts out Brunswick for 1st re­gion ti­tle in 1A North

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com

Two things still needed to be set­tled Tues­day evening. The out­come of the Class 1A North Re­gion girls soc­cer cham­pi­onship and the pres­i­den­tial election.

One was de­ter­mined by night’s end, and that was that the McDonough Rams claim­ing the re­gion ti­tle over vis­it­ing Bruns- wick of Fred­er­ick County 2-0 to ad­vance to the 1A state semi­fi­nal game ver­sus Pat­ter­son Mill of Har­ford County, which were state fi­nal­ists just a year ago.

Pat­ter­son Mill de­feated Snow Hill of Worces­ter County in the 1A East fi­nal, 4-0.

The state semi­fi­nal will take place 7:30 p.m. Sat- ur­day at North­east High School in Anne Arun­del County.

This is the first re­gion- al ti­tle for the Rams in 1A North.

“Very proud of our girls. It was a hard-fought win for sure, but they re­ally came to­gether, played hard and left it all on the field,” McDonough ath­letic direc­tor Pamela VanBellen said in an email Wed­nes­day with

South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers.

McDonough head coach Dave Brad­shaw, happy with the win but

very fo­cused on the game ahead, gath­ered his team to talk about the game and con­grat­u­late them on a hard-fought win.

“I thought our girls did a great job of bat­tling through ad­ver­sity,” Brad­shaw said. “It was a very

phys­i­cal game. We had some in­juries through­out the game and our motto is just the next per­son in had to match the in­tensi- ty and I thought that we bat­tled hard and we were able to hang on to a 2-0 vic­tory.”

Both goals for the Rams came in the first half, the first from 20 yards out by se­nior Drew An­der­son in the 23rd minute of the matchup. She soared the ball into the left side cor- ner of the net past Bruns-

wick goal­keeper Emily Williams.

“I’m just very ex­cited and I’m so glad that we all came to­gether as one team,” An­der­son said. “I’m so proud of this team and what we’ve be­come over the sea­son. We started off a lit­tle slow and we’re fin­ish­ing so hard and I know we still have more games and I feel like we’re go­ing to be at states just hav­ing so much fun to­gether, build­ing. It’s go­ing

to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

An­der­son will be play­ing soc­cer in col­lege at NCAA Di­vi­sion II Ship­pens­burg Univer­sity (Pa.) next fall.

“They [Brunswick] were very ag­gres­sive tonight, but I think we played around them very well,” she said. “We played the game very well and I think we just out­worked them.”

Just seven min­utes later, ju­nior El­iz­a­beth Saoud scored on a free kick from An­der­son.

“This feels amaz­ing,” Saoud said. “I was run­ning to the box and I thought the goalie was go­ing to save it, but I wanted to be there any­way and the ball came right to me, so I just headed right over her hands. It was amaz­ing. Drew had a re­ally nice free kick and I was glad that I could be on the end of it.”


The McDonough Rams, coached by Dave Brad­shaw, cap­tured the 2-0 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Brunswick to win the Class 1A North Re­gion ti­tle on Tues­day night.

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