The Bethesda-Chevy Chase girls’ soccer team hasn’t been scoring as much as one might expect this season. Entering Tuesday, the five-time reigning regional champion had just nine goals in six games, the third-lowest total among 15 Montgomery County 4A teams.
So when a little luck came the Barons’ way in a 2-1 victory over Quince Orchard on Tuesday night, Coach Rob Kurtz didn’t mind.
“We’re not scoring a lot of goals, so I was happy to get two,” Kurtz said. “Their goalie is tremendous, so that was a cheesy one to get in for us, but at this point we’ll take anything that goes in the goal.”
The game-winner came a few seconds into the second half as sophomore midfielder Paula Germino-Watnick struck a ball from just outside the box. It bounced erratically and managed to find its way past the keeper and into the net.
Possession and a diverse but timely scoring attack have been a key this season for the Barons, who improved to 6-1 despite their lack of scoring. Quince Orchard fell to 4-1-1.
“This year, we’re more possession-oriented. This game was really nice because [Quince Orchard] is such a good team, they were able to pass a lot, too,” Barons senior midfielder Eliza Doll said. “It’s not a kick-and-run game we’ve encountered this season. We were just able to possess it more, and their style made us possess it more.”
The majority of action occurred toward the Barons’ attacking half. B-CC continually filled the Cougars’ passing lanes and controlled the ball in the midfield to limit Quince Orchard’s chances.
The Cougars did strike first, though, when a shot banged off the crossbar and onto the foot of freshman forward Jamie Fink, who buried it with fewer than 20 minutes to go in the first half.
The Barons struck back about three minutes later, getting a goal from a somewhat unlikely source in outside back Denali Minnick, her second of the season.
Quince Orchard provided a few exciting chances late, but with the hard part — the go-ahead goal — already accomplished early in the second half, the Barons just had to do what they do best — maintain possession — to earn the victory.
“I feel like in past years we have that one crazy forward who’s able to do it. But now we’ve had to focus on combinations, getting balls through. I think we keep moving it side to side, keep it moving, and at some point, we’ll learn when to pull the trigger,” Doll said. “We’re getting opportunities, but it’s just putting that final piece together, putting it away.