Leonardtown girls blank North Point
Raiders open soccer season with sharp score in region rematch
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