Damascus 3, Churchill 0
It's probably not something you can teach. When the ball meanders over to Damascus senior midfielder Jessie Wolfe, she starts dribbling and suddenly the opposition frantically backpedals as Wolfe makes an effortless charge toward the net.
"She has such great touch and such great ball skills that she has that rare ability to make a defender freeze," Damascus Coach Rob Eby said.
Yesterday, Wolfe's skills were on full display as she scored two goals to lift the visiting Swarmin' Hornets to a 3-0 victory over Churchill in a Montgomery 4A West match in Potomac.
The Richmond-bound Wolfe adeptly played the roles of creator and finisher yesterday. What was once a defensive struggle looked more like a rather comfortable win for Damascus (8-2-1) by the time she was done.
Wolfe scored her first goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute to put the Swarmin' Hornets up 1-0. Wolfe added her second less than five minutes later, when she headed in Emma Hanson's corner kick.
"I hate when I get down," Wolfe said. "I know that when I pick up my play, everyone else starts to do the same. I just try and stay composed out there."
Churchill -- whose 1-6 overall records includes two forfeits from the beginning of the season -- kept pace early on. Of the four games Churchill has lost on the field, three were one-goal games, and Churchill Coach Haroot Hakopian jokingly called his team "the best 1-6 group around."
It showed in the first half, when the Bulldogs controlled possession and entered halftime in a scoreless tie. But with Wolfe directing the offense from the midfield, Damascus slowly freed itself from the tight grip of Churchill's defense.
Senior Christina Eury gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute, after she collected a rebound off a goalpost and scored from about three yards out on the left side.
"We said at halftime we were all going to play up more to our level," Eury said.
"Once we got that one goal, it kind of got us going."