The Watkins Mill girls soccer team had the reputation last year of being all offense, little defense. As evidenced by last night's 1-0 victory over No. 5 Wootton, however, this year's version of the Wolverines is more complete.
Junior midfielder Daniela Marquez scored in the 22nd minute and the Wolverines held on to win in Potomac and gain their first division title in school history.
The Wolverines won the Montgomery County Division I crown, finishing 5-0 in the division and and 9-1 overall. The Patriots fell to 8-3, 5-1. Watkins Mill lost to Wootton, 7-1, in the Maryland 4A West regional semifinals last season.
"Last year, we tried to outscore you. This year, when we get a chance to go at you, we go at you," Watkins Mill Coach Troy Bowers said.
The game's lone goal came midway through the first half off a free kick by sophomore All-Met midfielder Noelle Keselica. Keselica sent the ball toward the goal and Wootton senior goalkeeper Jessie Smat initially appeared to make the save, but the ball got away from her and Marquez put away the easy finish for her fourth goal.
"I went in to charge the ball and I expected the goalkeeper to get it," Marquez said. "I was just able to get my foot on it."