Hurricanes find a way
Overcome Cavaliers in girls soccer double overtime thriller
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.”
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.
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.