McDonough girls down Lackey

Car­ney, Ed­wards each score, Rams ad­vance to 1A South fi­nal

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­ Twit­ter: @tblack­somds1 TED BLACK

In a con­test that con­tin­ued to get far more phys­i­cal as the game pro­gressed, the McDonough High School girls soc­cer team up­ended vis­it­ing Lackey, 2-1, on Thurs­day in the Class 1A South Re­gion Sec­tion II fi­nal played un­der ideal con­di­tions in Pom­fret.

McDonough (14-3 over­all) con­tin­ued its quest for a third straight 1A South Re­gion ti­tle on a night when a quar­tet of its se­niors proved piv­otal at key mo­ments.

Rams se­nior Pey­ton Car­ney gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with 23 min­utes to play in the first half, then se­nior Emily Ed­wards took a cross­ing pass from se­nior Jor­dan Parker and drilled a shot that eluded Lackey re­serve goal­keeper Hannah Bate­man just over 10 min­utes into the se­cond half.

McDonough ad­vanced to Tues­day’s re­gion fi­nal ver­sus Ch­e­sa­peake Sci­ence Point of Anne Arun­del County. The win­ner ad­vances to the state semi­fi­nals later this week at North­east High School in Anne Arun­del County.

“Jor­dan made a great cross to me in the mid­dle and I was able to just get enough on it to get it past their keeper,” Ed­wards said. “It was def­i­nitely a hard fought game. Lackey came out and played with a lot of in­ten­sity. We knew they were go­ing to come in here and give us a battle.”

Lackey (8-6) gave McDonough a battle right from the out­set as it had the game’s first two gen­uine scor­ing chances. Se­nior Ash­ley Her­bert sent a free kick from 30 yards out just over the cross­bar and min­utes later she sent an­other free kick on tar­get only to watch it cra­dled by McDonough se­nior goal­keeper Marissa Gibbs.

“We came in here ready to play and I think they prob­a­bly took us lightly,” said Her­bert, who also plays lacrosse for the school in the spring. “This was the best sea­son that Lackey girls soc­cer has ever had and we came in here ready. I think the dif­fer­ence was they just got a few more good chances. But our girls played hard. I love all of my team­mates.”

Lackey may have had sev­eral good chances courtesy of Her­bert, but it was the Rams who drew first blood on a goal by Car­ney that just eluded a div­ing Rykah Dowl­ing just be­fore the mid­way point of the first half.

Car­ney’s goal hardly trig­gered an on­slaught and Lackey drew even when Shelby McBain beat Gibbs with a low shot into the left cor­ner of the net five min­utes later.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a tough game and scor­ing first is al­ways big,” Car­ney said. “I thought we had the mo­men­tum when I scored, but they came right back and got even be­fore half­time. In the se­cond half, we made good passes and good de­ci­sions and we were able to get a goal early and then hold on for the win.”

Ed­wards de­liv­ered the game-win­ner just over 10 min­utes into the se­cond half and not long after Dowl­ing had been in­jured in a col­li­sion with an on­rush­ing Rams at­tacker. In fact, Dowl­ing was on the side­lines when Ed­wards beat Bate­man and re­turned with just over 10 min­utes re­main­ing to keep the Charg­ers in con­tention.

Over the last 20 min­utes of play, McDonough’s de­fen­sive in­ten­sity ac­tu­ally got turned up a notch. Rams sweeper Vicky Lawrence decked McBain near the Charg­ers bench on one play then pum­meled Blaire Har­ley on an­other. Lawrence was whis­tled for a foul only once al­though both McBain and Har­ley needed help get­ting off the field. Her­bert had two free kicks in the last 10 min­utes, but both sailed wide left of Gibbs.

The Charg­ers com­pleted the reg­u­lar sea­son with a blank­ing of the Rams, their fourth straight win, in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion con­test on Thurs­day evening.

Lackey led 20-0 at the end of the first quar­ter and 35-0 at the in­ter­mis­sion and added sin­gle touch­downs in the third and fourth quar­ters to cruise to a lop­sided vic­tory.

The Charg­ers (7-3, 4-2 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) will host Dou­glass of Prince Ge­orge’s County in the Class 1A South Re­gion semi­fi­nals at 7 p.m. Fri­day.

Lackey got touch­downs from se­niors D’An­thony Wash­ing­ton and Jayson Wilmer to go up 14-0 in the first 6:15 of the con­test.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Robert “Boo­gie” Mid­dle­ton con­nected with se­nior wide re­ceiver Linn Jor­dan on a 2-point con­ver­sion after Wilmer’s score, then later in the quar­ter they hooked up on a 57yard touch­down pass to put the Charg­ers up 20-0.

Mid­dle­ton had a touch­down run in the se­cond quar­ter and later a touch­down pass to se­nior tight end Dustin Berry just be­fore half­time that put Lackey up 35-0. Se­nior wide re­ceiver Justin McIn­tyre had a third-quar­ter touch­down and ju­nior Kobby Ayim scored one in the fourth to fin­ish the scor­ing.

Mid­dle­ton com­pleted 6 of 8 passes for 116 yards and two touch­downs and led a Charg­ers ground at­tack that ac­cu­mu­lated 237 yards on 23 at­tempts by rush­ing four times for 104 yards and one touch­down.

The vis­it­ing Pan­thers fin­ished the 2018 sea­son with a win over the Cougars in a SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion con­test on Thurs­day evening.

The teams were tied at 7 and 14 early on, then Patux­ent (3-7, 3-3 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) grabbed a 28-24 lead early in the third quar­ter and added 20 more points in the fi­nal 1 1/2 quar­ters to pull away for the win.

Patux­ent ended a three-game los­ing streak by gain­ing the early ad­van­tage and even­tu­ally sent Stone (4-6, 2-4) to its third straight loss to end the sea­son.

Cougars se­nior quar­ter­back Ron­nie Carter com­pleted 7 of 18 passes for 63 yards but was in­ter­cepted three times. Se­nior run­ning back Trent Gask­ins rushed 16 times for 217 yards and two touch­downs and se­nior tight end Jaylen Kel­ley caught three passes for 45 yards in a los­ing cause.

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