H-town girls pick up win
Ridgewell scores twice as Hurricanes move to 8-1
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.”