La Plata girls soc­cer clips McDonough on late Parr goal

Ju­nior scores late sec­ond-half goal to lift War­riors over McDonough

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Lead­ing up to Tues­day night’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion girls soc­cer con­test ver­sus vis­it­ing McDonough, La Plata’s Mia Parr was ea­ger to find the net at any point of the game and sev­eral of her team­mates wanted to see her do it as well.

With the score tied at 1 and less than three min­utes re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, the ju­nior for­ward saw that wish come true, de­liv­er­ing a game-win­ning goal with a shot in the right cor­ner of the net on a cross from fresh­man for ward Kris­ten Ging, lift­ing La Plata to the even­tual 2-1 vic­tory over the Rams.

“I wanted to score that goal re­ally bad,” said Parr, who notched her fourth goal of the sea­son. “Kris­ten played it right to me from the cor­ner and it was just wide open. It was a good goal.”

La Plata (6-2, 2-0 SMAC Po­tomac), which won its fifth straight game, handed McDonough (5-3, 1-1) its first di­vi­sion loss of the sea­son.

The War­riors also have al­lowed just two goals dur­ing the five-game win streak and has just one loss on the sea­son to a SMAC op­po­nents, com­ing in a 4-3 over­time game against Calvert on Sept.5 in the sea­son opener.

“Mia has been work­ing hard on her fin­ish­ing and she was at the right place at the right time,” La Plata head coach Kevin Barry said. “It was nice to get one at the end of the game tonight be­cause it was a bat­tle tonight. “It wasn’t our best played game, McDonough dic­tated the pace, but this team has been on the right side of some close games. We are mo­ti­vated right now.”

Six min­utes into the game, McDonough was the first to set the tone as se­nior mid­fielder El­iz­a­beth Saoud de­liv­ered a cross over to ju­nior for­ward Pey­ton Car­ney, who fin­ished with a shot in the back of the net for the first goal of the game.

Fif­teen se­conds later, La Plata knot­ted the game at 1 af­ter ju­nior for­ward Ju­lia Simp­son nailed a high arc­ing free kick from 30 yards out over the head of Rams sopho­more goal­keeper Marisa Gibbs (11 saves).

“The last two years I’ve scored on a free kick against this team [McDonough],” said Simp­son, who scored her fifth goal of the sea­son. “When

I got the ball, I was like here we go and I just did my thing. Be­fore the game we were talk­ing about Mia scor­ing a goal and she got her goal. And what bet­ter way to have a game-win­ning goal.”

The War­riors were sched­uled for an­other di­vi­sion matchup at North Point on the road on Thurs­day, then slated to host Lackey at 6 p.m. Tues­day.

“[McDonough] has al­ways been a big game for us the past three years and this sea­son we knew they wanted to come out and beat us,” said La Plata mid­fielder Mackenzie DePri­est-Kessler, who had two goals and five as­sists through Wed­nes­day. “And I think that got in our heads and we were ready to play and tonight we worked well as a team.”

Like La Plata, the Rams had sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties on the of­fen­sive end, but weren’t able to cap­i­tal­ize through­out the game.

“I am very proud of the ef­fort that our girls played with this evening,” said McDonough head coach Dave Brad­shaw, whose team is sched­uled to take on host Leonard­town in a non­di­vi­sion con­test at 6 tonight. “They are leav­ing it all on the field and that is all you can ask for as a coach. We have a great deal of re­spect for La Plata, it was a hard fought game on both sides of the field. Deal­ing with ad­ver­sity will re­veal great strengths within our play­ers, as we move for­ward to­ward reach­ing our goals.”

La Plata ju­nior goal­keeper Car­ley Hebb fin­ished with 10 saves in the game. all of the roots and the hills and the rocks. The rocks def­i­nitely got the best of me com­ing out of the woods and I [fell and] got my knees pretty good.”

Leonard­town’s Emily Imhof (eighth, 20:59.9) and Rachel Geiger (ninth, 21:24.6), North­ern’s Kait­lyn De­lamer (10th, 21:25.1) and North Point’s Mya Riven­burg (11th, 21:43.9) rounded out the top-11.

“I’ve been hav­ing some hip pain, it’s been re­ally tight, so I was happy to come back this week,” said Riven­burg, who was one of four Ea­gles to sit out last week’s race in an at­tempt to keep their legs fresh. “I re­ally like this course be­cause of all the woods; it keeps ev­ery­thing serene and re­laxed. I don’t like run­ning in cir­cles so that one part where it goes around was kind of rough, but when I got back in the woods and started open­ing up my stride that re­ally helped.”

The Ea­gles (6-4) man­aged a 15-43 win against La Plata.

Alexis Collins was the top run­ner for the War­riors (3-7) when she placed 36th in 25:43.4.

The roles were re­versed on the boys side as North­ern’s Greg Old­ham won the race in 16:32.4, but the Raiders placed three run­ners in the top-5 to sweep the meet.

“I just went out as a rea­son­able pace and tried to keep it as long as I could,” Old­ham said, “and when there was no one be­hind me I slowed down a lit­tle and kept my pace.”

The Raiders (10-1) swept North­ern, La Plata and North Point to move a win up on the Pa­tri­ots with one race re­main­ing.

Fi­nal boys scores were un­avail­able at press time.

“We’re very proud of them be­cause a few of them re­ally had to fight hard in this meet,” Fal­lon said. “And there were some sur­prises as well so we were pleased to see some of the younger kids step up.”

“I was def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to it and we just wanted to keep the train rolling and we def­i­nitely wanted to beat North­ern be­cause that would prove we were still pretty com­pet­i­tive,” said Leonard­town se­nior Parker McDow­ell, who placed sec­ond in 16:54.6. “We were eye-balling this meet and hats off to them, they put up a good fight.”

McDow­ell added: “I was plan­ning on go­ing out with Greg, but he went out and killed the first mile, so af­ter that point I just wanted to set­tle in and stride out. I re­ally wanted to fo­cus on re­lax­ing be­cause the last few races I’ve had a prob­lem tens­ing up.”

North­ern (9-2) earned two wins on the day and the Ea­gles took one.

“I thought my guys placed bet­ter than I thought they would and ran very well,” Daw­son said. “I’m very happy with all of the times and the packs are get­ting tighter.”

Leonard­town’s Sean O’Roark (third, 17:31.1), North Point’s Josh Doughty (fourth, time un­avail­able), Leonard­town’s Matthew Kosten (fifth, 17:38.7) and North­ern’s Jack Lehn­hardt (sixth, 17:39.5) rounded out the top six.

North Point’s Ray Steven­son (sev­enth, 17:54.7) and La Plata’s Ethan Kane (eighth, 18:01.4) each led their re­spec­tive teams.

“I think I ran pretty well to­day,” said Kane, who was com­ing off a sprained an­kle. “I started at a pretty fast pace and kept it up un­til the end.”

“[My] strat­egy was just get up the hills as far as pos­si­ble and try and keep my pace through­out the whole race,” said North Point’s Lo­gan Hand­work, who was ninth in 18:18.9, “and at the end just pick it up and fin­ish.”

The War­riors (4-6) have just 28 to­tal run­ners.

“We had a lot of PRs and we’re try­ing to build the pro­gram so they did well to­day,” La Plata head coach John Childers said of both teams. “Right now we’re not at a place where we can beat a lot of th­ese teams. We’re at a place where we can try and build the pro­gram and get them faster each week and we are.”

North Point (5-5) squared its record at .500.

“We’re young, ev­ery­one’s banged up and run­ning against two great teams,” North Point head coach Jimmy Ball said. “I’m very thrilled where we are now.”


McDonough’s Kay­lyn Rivera, right, drib­bles up field as she is de­fended by La Plata’s Kris­ten Ging in Tues­day’s SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion girls soc­cer con­test. Ging as­sisted on the Mia Parr’s game-win­ner with less than three min­utes re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, giv­ing the War­riors a 2-1 win.


North Point’s Mya Riven­burg, right, and Courteney Law­son of Leonard­town run side-by-side dur­ing the girls race Wed­nes­day that also in­cluded La Plata and North­ern.

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