In a span of about 15 minutes, Poolesville Coach Doug Miller thought his boys soccer team had lost to second-ranked Wootton. Then he thought they had won. Then he thought they had tied. Finally, Wootton prevailed with a 3-2, double-overtime victory Monday--though not before receiving a scare from Poolesville.
"In one sense, our kids were discouraged with the loss since they had come so close," Miller said. "But in another sense they were pleased they had played so well and that it was their game to win in a lot of ways."
Wootton (9-0) scored with six minutes left in regulation to take a 2-1 lead. But Poolesville senior Riley Norton scored with two minutes remaining to send the game into overtime. Wootton scored with less than two minutes left in the second and final sudden-death overtime to secure the victory.
Miller said he was pleased his team (3-3), which is a 1A school--the state's smallest classification--was able to stay close with Wootton, a 4A school.
"We cut off their space and tried to pressure Wootton all over the field," Miller said. "We were able to stop them from getting into a rhythm. But they are an outstanding team and I think they can make a lot of noise in the playoffs."
Wilson Stands Alone
Wilson is the lone public school in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association with a girls soccer program, making the regular season that much more important to the Tigers because there is no season-ending conference tournament.
Despite a 3-2 loss to Georgetown Visitation this past Thursday, Wilson has matched its win total of last season with five games to play. Sophomore forward Jordan Chernikoss and senior midfielder Meredith Liu scored for the Tigers in the loss.
Wilson is 3-4-1 this fall and its 13-game schedule features private schools from the Independent School League and Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. Senior forward Crystal Jackson and Chernikoss lead the team with two goals each. The Tigers will play at PVAC power St. Andrew's Saturday at noon.
"We would love it if there were other public schools who play soccer in D.C. but right now all we play is private schools," Wilson Coach Joe Riener said.
Wilson finished 3-7-1 last season.
Wootton junior forward Laney Rosin and Churchill senior midfielder Courtney Shaub had been playing well before Monday night's game between the two Montgomery County girls teams. Shaub had scored eight goals in the past four games for Churchill (7-1), while Rosin had tallied seven goals in the last three games for Wootton (7-2).
Churchill, however, was not able to handle Rosin.
Rosin scored with 2 minutes 33 seconds remaining in the first sudden-death overtime to lead the fifth-ranked Patriots to a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Churchill in a nondivisional game in Potomac.
Rosin has 14 goals this season and scored 16 goals last season, helping Wootton win the Maryland 4A title.
"Laney is just a phenomenal player," Wootton Coach Terri Beach said. "They tried to mark her but you can't."
In the overtime period, Rosin picked up a bad clearance by the Churchill defense and blew by two Bulldogs defenders. Rosin then crushed a right-footed shot over the head of goalkeeper Lindsay Haywood for the game-winning goal.
"I've really got to give a lot of credit to my teammates," Rosin said. "I just happened to be there to finish."
Taking a Ribbing
Damascus freshman goalkeeper Stacie Bladen bruised the left side of her ribs on Sept. 21 against Einstein but continues to play. She recorded 11 saves in the Swarmin' Hornets' 2-1 victory over Whitman Monday afternoon.
"I'm still in pain," Bladen said. "But I can't let the team down and I would love to play" Saturday, when Damascus (4-2) is at Urbana at 2 p.m.
On Monday, Bladen was kicked in the ribs in the first half, and took another blow to the ribs when she dove on a shot by Whitman junior sweeper Tina Swiek in the first sudden-death overtime to preserve the tie.
"I was in pain the whole game," Bladen said. "Even before the game I was in pain, but I played anyway."
Our doctor "told her to take a couple of weeks off but she is not going to," said her mother, Maureen Bladen, who bought her daughter a rib belt for protection.