H-town girls pick up win

Ridgewell scores twice as Hur­ri­canes move to 8-1

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

On the heels of un­prece­dented wins for the pro­gram against peren­nial Class 4A pow­ers North Point and Leonard­town, the Mc­Donough High School girls soc­cer team headed to Hunt­ing­town on Wed­nes­day even­ing look­ing to main­tain the mo­men­tum ig­nited by those his­toric tal­lies.

But Wed­nes­day even­ing in Hunt­ing­town, Mc­Donough (6-1 over­all) saw its per­fect sea­son come to an end as the host Hur­ri­canes (8-1) cruised to a 3-1 vic­tory be­hind two goals from se­nior Janelle Ridgewell and an­other from sopho­more Shawna Gan­ley. Mc­Donough se­nior Pey­ton Car­ney scored the Rams’ lone goal with about three min­utes re­main­ing on a penalty kick.

“I’m proud of my girls,” Mc­Donough girls soc­cer coach Dave Brad­shaw said. “The girls played hard the whole game. They bat­tled. They gave it ev­ery­thing they’ve got. We had some big wins against North Point (1-0 on Sept. 21) and Leonard­town (1-0 on Tues­day night) and I’m proud of my girls for beat­ing those teams.”

Hunt­ing­town con­trolled play from the out­set and through much of the first half, but the Hur­ri­canes were un­able to break the score­less dead­lock un­til

Gan­ley scored on a high shot that just eluded the out­stretched fin­ger tips of Mc­Donough goal­keeper Marissa Gibbs. For Gan­ley the shot was eerily fa­mil­iar to one she took the night be­fore against North­ern, a 1-0 Hur­ri­canes win.

“[Tues­day] night against North­ern I took a sim­i­lar shot and hit the cross­bar,” Gan­ley said. “So when I kicked it I was think­ing the same thing was go­ing to hap­pen again, but it stayed just be­low the cross­bar and see­ing the ball go in was such a big re­lief.”

Gan­ley’s goal late in the first half gave the hosts am­ple mo­men­tum head­ing into the in­ter­mis­sion and the Hur­ri­canes emerged from the half­time break with sim­i­lar steam. Hunt­ing­town spent the open­ing min­utes in the Rams end, but just over 10 min-

utes into the sec­ond half it was Ridgewell who tal­lied her first of the night on a hard, low shot from the right side.

“Usu­ally when I shoot from there the goalie catches it,” Ridgewell said, “but that first shot I was able to kick hard enough to get it past her.”

Five min­utes later, the Hur­ri­canes would get plenty of breath­ing room when Ridgewell notched her sec­ond goal of the night. This time she drove be­tween a pair of Mc­Donough de­fend­ers and veered right and then launched a shot that elud-

ed Gibbs for a 3-0 lead.

“That sec­ond goal was kind of the same thing,” Ridgewell said. “I was just look­ing to take a hard shot and hope that she could not get to it.”

Hunt­ing­town’s Zoe Clark gave Mc­Donough de­fend­ers dif­fi­culty with her abil­ity to drib­ble through the mid­field and Olivia Gil­lick showed am­ple speed and fi­nesse along the left side­line. The Hur­ri­canes were sched­uled to be at Calvert on Thurs­day night and next slated to be at Patux­ent at 6 p.m. Tues­day.

Mc­Donough fi­nally got on the board late when Jor- dan Parker was tack­led in the box and Car­ney drilled the penalty kick past Hunt­ing­town goal­keeper Clara Drum­mond. The Rams are next sched­uled to be at Thomas Stone at 5 p.m. Mon­day.

“Even be­ing down 3-0, the girls kept bat­tling all the way to the fi­nal whis­tle,” Brad­shaw said. “Jor­dan got tack­led hard and Pey­ton went out there and nailed the PK. We’ve been bat­tling with big­ger teams all week and tonight the girls played hard the whole game. I’m proud of them.”

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