Deresky powers Patriots past Knights
Freshman nets two, defense holds SMR scoreless
Rachel Deresky said the Patriots were hoping to get a quick goal in Thursday’s girls soccer matchup at St. Mary’s Ryken.
Deresky took care of that as she scored both goals in a 2-0 win over the Knights.
She needed just 98 seconds to put the Patriots ahead and then added an insurance goal in the 57th minute.
“We knew that we needed to get a quick goal and that’s what we did and also play more defensively after that, but still play strong on the inside attacking half,” said Deresky, a freshman. “I’m really excited for this season. I think we’re going to do very well.”
The win was the second straight for the Patriots (2-0 overall), who began their season Sept. 5 with a 10-0 win over Thomas Stone.
“I’m very pleased with the way we played tonight,” Northern head coach John Battle said. “I was looking at their schedule and they were winning games [with scores like] 9-1, so we knew this was going to be a tough game. They’re a good team and a good benchmark [for us] to play a team like this. I’m very happy.”
The loss was the first of the year for the Knights (4-1), who had outscored their opponents 22-1 over their first four games and had not allowed a goal over a span of more than 240 minutes. They also competed in the Copa de Gopher tournament Sept. 2 at Glen Burnie High School in Anne Arundel County and emerged with one-sided wins over Williamsport of Washing- ton County (8-1) and host Glen Burnie (9-0).
“The girls never gave up and that’s what you want, just to keep battling,” SMR head coach Tim Major said. “At the high school level you have some good games and some bad games, but I just want us to battle. [We] just need a little more patience. Northern’s a good soccer team, they have some good players.”
A little more than a minute into the game, Northern goalkeeper Kaitlyn Parks corralled a St. Mary’s Ryken corner kick, punted quickly downfield and Deresky later dribbled around St. Mary’s Ryken goalie Lauren Davey and slid the ball into the net.
“That was a great transition goal and then the way Deresky finished it. The keeper’s coming out and she looks up and just basically touched it into the goal,” Battle said. “That’s what we’re looking for and you can’t ask for anything more.”
“One of the things I told the girls before the game was we needed to go out and score first,” Battle said, “and that hurt them. I think we got in their head.”
Deresky scored again in the second half when she redirected a cross from Dakota Campbell into the far corner of the net.
“Dakota dribbled it down the sideline and crossed it into the box and I ran in and finished it,” Deresky said.
Northern dominated time of possession and had 12 of 15 corner kicks, including nine straight in the first half.
“We always like to sneak that short corner in, too,” Battle said, “because a lot of defenders just walk back into the box and they did that a couple times.”
While Deresky was the offensive star of the game, the defense excelled.
“They did great,” Deresky said, “especially the outside backs who did a good job of coming up and back so they could participate in the attack- ing part of the game.”
“We wanted to play our own game. Three in the middle and rotate two on the outside and we knew we had to play our four horses in the back,” Battle said. “We knew we had to put our big guns in and the kids that were on the outside really stepped up and Dakota Campbell and Lindsey Hall played great today, they were fantastic.”
Davey made two brilliant saves on the night. In the 42nd minute, she managed to get a hand on a liner off the foot of 18yard box that glanced off the crossbar. In the 54th minute, she snatched a quick shot off the foot of Mary Twetten.
SMR’s best chance came when Lily Thomas’ header in the 77th minute just cleared the crossbar.
“I thought we came out a little bit slow, but then we picked things up and it was a pretty even game after the first 10 minutes,” Major said. “We were on our heels a little, but it evened up.”
Northern was scheduled to travel to Elizabeth Seton of Prince George’s County on Tuesday and next slated to host St. Charles at 6 p.m. Thursday. SMR was scheduled to host St. Mary’s of Annapolis on Tuesday and next slated to host Great Mills at 5:45 p.m. Monday.
Northern’s Rachel Deresky, who scored both goals, is chased by St. Marys Ryken defender Cassie Aud in Thursday’s contest, a 2-0 Patriots win.
Northern’s Taylor Tolson tries to clear the ball past St. Mary’s Ryken defender Lily Thomas in Thursday’s contest, a 2-0 Patriots win.