Calver­ton falls in soc­cer fi­nals

Girls up­ended by Rock­bridge, boys edged by Takoma

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

On a clear, crisp au­tumn night that be­gan with a hint of prom­ise on its home field, The Calver­ton School boys and girls soc­cer teams were up­ended in the Metro In­de­pen­dent Schools Ath­letic League cham­pi­onship games on Satur­day even­ing in Hunt­ing­town.

The Calver­ton girls (10-2 over­all) ac­tu­ally scored the first goal of their ti­tle against Rock­bridge Academy from Anne Arun­del County when se­nior Ash­ley Ehrmantraut drilled a high shot that eluded Rock­bridge goal­keeper Michaela Hughes just less

than min­utes into the con­test. But less than a minute later, Rock­bridge drew even on a goal by Leah Ball and the Cougars were never able to re­gain the lead or the mo­men­tum.

“When they tied the game right away I think we started to get down on our­selves,” Ehrmantraut said. “Then when Kira [Shoup] got hurt, we lost a lot of con­fi­dence in be­ing able to come back. It def­i­nitely wasn’t the way we wanted our season to end.”

Calver­ton and Rock­bridge went into the in­ter­mis­sion still knot­ted at one apiece, but the Cougars were out­played over

the last 25 min­utes of the first half and that car­ried over into the sec­ond. Rock­bridge (9-1-1) added two goals from Claire Mackes and an­other from Katy Mole in the sec­ond half and the Cougars were un­able to get on the board again.

In the postgame cel­e­bra­tion that fol­lowed, Shoup and Kara Mole were se­lected as MISAL co-Most Valu­able Play­ers. While Mole strolled ca­su­ally across the field with her team­mates bran­dish­ing the larger tro­phy and a plaque for be­ing co-MVP, Shoup hob­bled across the field on crutches after be­ing in­jured in the sec­ond half.

“We had a good season, but we wanted to win the cham­pi­onship,” Shoup said, oc­ca­sion­ally wip­ing tears from her face. “We

started out well, but we didn’t fin­ish the way we wanted.”

“I couldn’t have done it with­out my team­mates,” Kara Mole said of her co-MVP award. “They all worked so hard and we worked so well to­gether. I don’t know where I am headed next year, but I am go­ing to miss all of them.”

Then in the MISAL boys fi­nal that im­me­di­ately fol­lowed, Takoma Academy (7-0-2) of Mont­gomery County got an early goal just over 10 min­utes into the con­test against Calver­ton (9-4-2) on a header by Ste­fon Loury off a throw-in from Dar­win Ro­driguez, then at a sim­i­lar point in the sec­ond half Ro­driguez scored from 20 yards out on a free kick for a 2-0 Takoma lead.

Calver­ton had nu­mer­ous good scor­ing chances in the sec­ond half and fi­nally got on the board when the Cougars were awarded a penalty kick for a hand­ball in the box. Calver­ton sopho­more Max­well Skinner de­liv­ered with a hard, low shot into the left cor­ner of the net that eluded Takoma goal­keeper Caleb Daniel with 22 min­utes re­main­ing.

“This team won only four games all of last year and this year we won the reg­u­lar season league ti­tle and made it to the cham­pi­onship game,” Calver­ton head coach Brian Martin said. “This is still a very young team, so they’ll be back. We played hard the whole game. Even when we were down 2-0 early in the sec­ond half, we

kept play­ing hard.”

Takoma third-year coach Bryan Brown had seen his team suf­fer a heart­break­ing, 1-0 loss to Wal­dorf’s Grace Chris­tian Academy in last year’s MISAL ti­tle game, so the Tigers vic­tory on Satur­day even­ing of­fered more than a hint of redemp­tion. In ad­di­tion to claim­ing the ti­tle, Takoma’s Hen­der­son Ro­driguez was hon­ored as the league’s MVP.

“Th­ese guys came close to win­ning it all last year,” Brown said. “They came out and played hard early and took ad­van­tage of their scor­ing chances. I’m proud of them for fin­ish­ing the season un­de­feated. We had a cou­ple of ties, but we didn’t take any losses.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Play­ers from the Calver­ton School girls soc­cer team gather for one last cheer be­fore the start of Satur­day’s Metro In­de­pen­dent Schools Ath­letic League cham­pi­onship game their school hosted. Calver­ton scored the game’s first goal, but Rock­bridge Academy re­sponded with the next four to claim the MISAL tour­na­ment ti­tle.

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