Deresky pow­ers Pa­tri­ots past Knights

Fresh­man nets two, de­fense holds SMR score­less

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

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.

STAFF PHOTOS BY MICHAEL REID

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.

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