Though Good Counsel's second-ranked girls' soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over St. John's, the Falcons may have suffered a major loss last night in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game in Wheaton.
Lauren Sands, one of the team's four senior captains, was taken to Montgomery General Hospital after injuring her right leg as she scored the game-winning goal with a minute remaining to hand St. John's its first loss.
With time running out, Good Counsel senior midfielder Vicki Anagnostopoulos controlled a loose ball near the top of the penalty box and slid a pass to Sands as she cut toward the goal. Sands split two defenders and drove the ball into the goal as the goalie slid into her leg while trying to block the shot.
Sands remained on her back for the next 20 minutes before paramedics carried her to the ambulance in a stretcher.
"Lauren is the strongest person I know, and she's going to make it through this," Anagnostopoulos said. "She went in hard towards the goal because that's the type of player she is."
Sands's goal enabled Good Counsel (5-1, 2-0) to prevent St. John's (9-1, 2-1) from earning its first tie or victory against the Falcons in school history. "A lot of our girls had butterflies out there because we were afraid of Good Counsel," said St. John's Coach Errol Brathwaite, whose team already has won one more game than it did last year. "But we proved we can play with them."
Pierce Lifts Georgetown Day
Tarik Pierce's penalty kick with 3 minutes 30 seconds remaining lifted visiting Georgetown Day to 1-0 win over seventh-ranked Bullis in a boys' soccer game.
Bullis "has a real, nice big field over there," Georgetown Day Coach Harold Newton said. "We're not particularly big, but we pass pretty well when we're not pressured." . . .
Behind Pierre Pont's second hat trick of the season, No. 4 Bethesda-Chevy Chase defeated Einstein, 4-0, in a boys' soccer game.
Meanwhile, the Barons forfeited their Sept. 20 victory over Wheaton for using an ineligible player, Athletic Director Brady Blade confirmed yesterday. The player, a reserve, came in toward the end of the Barons' 3-0 victory over the Knights. B-CC is 3-1 with the forfeit. . . .
Gwynn Park senior Robert Diggs said he has told George Washington that he will accept a basketball scholarship to play for the Colonials. Diggs, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward, averaged 14.7 points last year while leading the Yellow Jackets to the Maryland 3A title game.
Special correspondents Andrew Levine and Jake Schaller, and staff writer Josh Barr contributed to this report.