McDonough girls soc­cer shut out in state semis

Rams reached state semi­fi­nals for first time

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

PASADENA — In the af- ter­math of team’s 7-0 set­back against Pat­ter­son Mill High School of Har­ford County in Satur­day evening’s Class 1A state semi­fi­nal at North­east High School, the first in the his­tory of the pro­gram, Mc- Donough High School ju­nior El­iz­a­beth Saoud vowed the Rams’ next visit would have a dif­fer­ent out­come.

On a night when Pat­ter­son Mill took con­trol of the con­test in the open­ing min­utes and coasted to the lopsided tally to earn a re­match with de­fend­ing 1A state cham­pion Spar­rows Point of Bal­ti­more County next week­end at Loy­ola Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more, Saoud was one of the few bright spots on the field for a McDonough squad that at­tained its first re­gion ti­tle with a 2-0 vic­tory over Brunswick of Fred­er­ick County on Nov. 8.

“This was the first time this school has ever got­ten this far,” said Saoud, whose 10 goals this year were third on the team be­hind sopho­more Pey­ton Car­ney (16) and se­nior Drew An­der­son (15). “It wasn’t what we ex­pected. But now we know what to ex­pect the next time we come back here and it’s go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent out­come. Next year, we’re go­ing to win it all.”

McDonough sec­ond-year head coach Dave Brad­shaw was con­sid­er­ably more sub­dued after the set­back. While Brad­shaw com­mended his youth­ful squad that fea­tured only two se­niors, An­der­son and

El­iz­a­beth Hicks, he of­fered a promis­ing glimpse of the fu­ture but was re­luc­tant to re­flect Saoud’s con­fi­dent out­look.

“I’m very, very proud of th­ese girls,” Brad­shaw said. “This was the first time the McDonough girls soc­cer team has ever reached the state semi­fi­nals and now we now what it takes to play at this level. Pat­ter­son Mill was ob­vi­ously very good. But even when we went into half­time down 2-0 the girls nev- er gave up. They played hard all the way to the end.”

Pat­ter­son Mill wasted lit­tle time at­tain­ing the up­per hand. The Huskies ap­plied pres­sure to the Rams from the open­ing whis­tle and, less than three min­utes into the con­test, forged a 1-0 lead when ju­nior mid­field

Katie Wysong drilled a low shot past McDonough goal­keeper Car­ley Hebb into the left cor­ner of the net.

Pat­ter­son Mill con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion through­out the first half, but it took the Huskies more than 30 min­utes to get their sec- ond goal. With just over four min­utes re­main­ing in the half, Hebb knocked aside a shot by Pat­ter­son Mill se­nior Som­mer Law, but Huskies sopho­more Alexis Utain booted the re­bound past the Rams keeper for a 2-0 lead.

In the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half, Pat­ter­son Mill again struck quickly.

Ju­nior mid­fielder Marissa Lap­in­sky, who is typ­i­cally re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing the cor-

ner kicks for the Huskies, notched her only goal of the night when her shot eluded the out­stretched fin­ger­tips of Mc- Donough re­serve goal­keeper Marisa Gibbs.

Un­like the first half when Pat­ter­son Mill’s early goal was fol­lowed by a mod­est drought, the Huskies added goals in bunches.

Just over 10 min­utes later, Lap­in­sky de­liv­ered a stel­lar cor­ner kick that Katie Wysong headed past Gibbs for a 4-0 lead. Four min­utes after that, it was An­nie Wysong who scored to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead mid­way through the half.

Pat­ter­son Mill grad­u­ally worked many of its re­serves into the con­test, but the Hus- kies still man­aged to score

twice more. Ju­nior for­ward Ka­ley Thompson notched her first goal of the night with 13 min­utes re­main­ing on a shot from well out­side the box and, 10 min­utes later, Thompson tal­lied her sec­ond goal of the night on a shot that found the left cor­ner of the net.

“What I liked most from what I saw from my girls tonight was the fast start,” Pat­ter­son Mill head coach Mike Parker said. “We play with a lot of speed and en­ergy and our girls are very phys­i­cal and tonight they never let up. We have six se­niors on the team, but we have a lot of un­der­class­men. Now our fo­cus is fac­ing Spar­rows Point next week­end in the state ti­tle game.”

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