Poolesville 1, Smithsburg 0
The championship-winning goal Poolesville's Anna Treado will replay in her mind for the rest of her life was still somewhat of a blur in the moments following the Falcons' 1-0 double-overtime victory over Smithsburg in tonight's Maryland 1A title game.
In what seemed to be one single motion to the junior forward, Treado received a corner kick from teammate Erin Moore, kicked it into the right side of the goal with the outer side of her right foot and was mobbed by throngs of joyous teammates in celebration.
"I'm not even sure what happened, it happened so quickly," Treado said. "Everyone was so happy."
Treado's goal in the 94th minute gave Poolesville (9-1) its first girls' soccer state championship on a chilly night at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. The small-town school from rural western Montgomery County now holds the state championships in three girls' sports: field hockey, indoor track and soccer. The Falcons will play for the state volleyball championship on Saturday.
The soccer team, with 13 juniors and only one senior, won its fourth overtime game of the year. Poolesville (9-1) is Montgomery County's lone Class 1A school, but the Falcons lost only once this year -- on Oct. 2 against No. 3 Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
"We have so much talent, but we all love to play with each other a lot," Poolesville senior defender Christina Mann said. "This is the year where everything came together."
Poolesville and Smithsburg struggled to corral the ball on the unforgiving, fast artificial turf. The two goalkeepers combined for only three saves and, before Treado's goal, the game seemed destined to end in a scoreless tie, as it had in 2001, when Smithsburg shared the championship with Loch Raven.
Poolesville's best chance in regulation came in the 65th minute, when junior Emily Rose took a shot from 10 yards away, but a Smithsburg defender near the net cleared it away. Smithsburg had an opportunity in the final minute of the first half to score when junior Kristen Poffenberger missed on two shots from within 20 yards of the goal.
In overtime, the Falcons came out attacking, nearly winning on an Erin Moore 20-yarder that Smithsburg goalie Candace Stanford dived to save in the 84th minute. In the second overtime session, Moore took a well-placed corner kick from the left side, which found its way through a swarm of players to an open Treado, who trapped the ball as best she could and then pushed in the winning goal.
"Anna is one of the quiet contributors on the field for us, but she does a lot out there," Poolesville Coach Scott Mathias said. "That's what makes it so fitting for this team."