Hur­ri­canes find a way

Over­come Cava­liers in girls soc­cer dou­ble over­time thriller

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Given that the sched­ule did them no fa­vors, with three games against un­beaten op­po­nents set for three straight days, there wouldn’t seem to have been any shame for the Hunt­ing­town Hur­ri­canes girls soc­cer team to drop at least one of the de­ci­sions last week.

And given that the team trailed the vis­it­ing Calvert Cava­liers by a goal with less than two min­utes to play on Thurs­day night, it ap­peared that was

ex­actly was go­ing to tran­spire. But then the Hur­ri­canes de­cided that two out of three just wasn’t good enough.

Mi­caela Blu­men­stein lofted in a long shot for the ty­ing marker late in reg­u­la­tion, and then with the clock tick­ing less than two min­utes in the sec­ond over­time pe­riod Mia Is­sac took pos­ses­sion head­ing down to the left of the goal and slid the game-win­ner into the net to lift the Hur­ri­canes to a 2-1 win over their county ri­vals in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion con- test.

“I was orig­i­nally on the right side and then I switched with Janelle [Ridgewell] be­cause she was run­ning over here al­ready. They played a through ball and I just caught onto it, used my speed and put it in the back of the net,” Is­sac said of the game-win­ning se­quence. “It’s awe­some. The three teams we played were all un­de­feated, so it feels good to be back on top.”

The week had al­ready in­cluded a 1-0 win over North­ern on Tues­day and a 3-1 win over McDonough on Wed­nes­day. In ad­di­tion to their pre­vi­ously un­blem­ished sea­son records, each of Hunt­ing­town’s op­po­nents have been among the bet­ter pro­grams in the state in re­cent years. McDonough has reached the Class 1A state semi­fi­nals in each of the last two years, North­ern was the 2016 3A state run­ner-up, and Calvert has reached at least the 2A state semi­fi­nals four times since 2012, win­ning the 2A cham­pi­onship in 2014 and fin­ish­ing as the run­ner-up in 2016.

But Hunt­ing­town (8-0 over­all, 4-0 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake), last year’s 3A state run­ner-up, found a way to to emerge from the ar­du­ous week un­scathed.

“Ob­vi­ously they’re hav­ing great suc­cess, they’re a good team,” Hunt­ing- town head coach Char­lie Raphael said of Calvert. “This week was just a hell week, but what we told each other was that if we could get through this week, play three un­de­feated teams and win three games, then we set our­selves up for good things. That was our goal, one day at a time.”

Af­ter a score­less first half on Thurs­day, Calvert (6-1, 3-1 af­ter a 9-0 win over West­lake on Fri­day) was awarded a penalty kick near­ing the mid­point of the sec­ond half. Claire Wil­liams suc­cess­fully con­verted the op­por­tu­nity, giv­ing the vis­i­tors a 1-0 lead that it ap­peared might just stand to be the fi­nal score. But Hunt­ing- town man­aged to nav­i­gate its way to a vic­tory to con­clude a week that packed a great deal of ad­ver­sity.

“Tonight, we had two JV play­ers, had peo­ple hurt and sick. It was an ugly game, but they fought. It was great. I’m re­ally proud of them. That was a good win,” Raphael said. “We give away a PK, then we got a good goal and win. I told them, ‘They had an op­por­tu­nity to win. We took it back, so now you need to take this.’ They did it, and I’m ec­static.”

“It was def­i­nitely a good, hard-fought match,” added Is­sac. “They came out strong, we came out strong and I think we both played very well. We played three games this week and we just held on for 20 more min­utes and it just felt good to get that last goal.”

Calvert was sched­uled to host McDonough on Tues­day and will travel to Great Mills for a con­test slated for 6 p.m. Fri­day. Hunt­ing­town was sched­uled to get back in ac­tion at Patux­ent on Tues­day, and is set to play at La Plata at 6 tonight.

“It was a hard-fought, well-played game be­tween two of the top teams in SMAC,” Calvert head coach John Baker said of Thurs­day night’s en­counter. “Con­grats to Hunt­ing­town in the win.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

Hunt­ing­town’s Janelle Ridgewell, left, and Calvert’s Natalie Jimenez bat­tle for the ball dur­ing ac­tion in the teams’ game at Hunt­ing­town on Thurs­day night. Hunt­ing­town de­feated Calvert 2-1 in dou­ble over­time.

Hunt­ing­town’s Mia Is­sac, left, and Calvert’s Makenna Kelsey race for the ball dur­ing the teams’ game at Hunt­ing­town on Thurs­day night. Is­sac scored in dou­ble over­time to left the Hur­ri­canes to the 2-1 win.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY ANDY STATES

Calvert’s Kayleigh Ve­nis tries to work the ball past Hunt­ing­town’s Ash­ley Bos­man dur­ing girls soc­cer ac­tion at Hunt­ing­town on Thurs­day night. The Hur­ri­canes beat the Cava­liers 2-1 in dou­ble over­time.

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