Rams take down the region
McDonough shuts out Brunswick for 1st region title in 1A North
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.