Leonard­town girls blank North Point

Raiders open soc­cer sea­son with sharp score in re­gion re­match

The Enterprise - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Af­ter watch­ing their re­spec­tive ju­nior var­sity squads play to a score­less draw, the Leonard­town High School girls soc­cer team needed ex­actly 20 min­utes to get on the board at North Point on Tuesday evening and the Raiders added two goals later to coast to a 3-0 vic- tory over the Ea­gles in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion con­test.

Leonard­town (1-0 over­all) and North Point (0-1) have de­vel­oped a mod­est ri­valry over the past two years with the teams split­ting the last two Class 4A South Re­gion ti­tle games. Last fall, it was the Ea­gles who emerged with the re­gion crown, but Tuesday evening the Raiders gained im­me­di­ate re­venge in the first meet­ing be­tween the squads since be­ing re­turned to the 4A East Re­gion.

Leonard­town had con­trolled play through much of the first half, but it was not re­flected on the score­board un­til se­nior Liza Wam­s­ley de­liv­ered a free kick from nearly 30 yards out that just cleared the out­stretched fin­ger­tips of North Point goalie Kianna Webb (9 saves).

Raiders head coach Jen­nifer Hen­der­son had tabbed Wam­s­ley for the free kick and cor­ner kick chores in the opener and the se­nior de­liv­ered in her first gen­uine chance.

“I saw their goalie start to shade a lit­tle bit to­ward the left post, so I was re­ally aim­ing for the right post,” said Wam­s­ley, who also plays bas­ket­ball for the school each win­ter. “I’ve been work­ing on free kicks all week since coach told me she wanted to take them in the games. When I hit it, I thought it had a chance to go in.”

Leonard­town con­tin­ued to ap­ply the pres­sure to Webb dur­ing the lat­ter stages of the

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