Even though she was on the bench when overtime started, Bowie forward Megan Gunzelman knew she would get her chance. When Stephanie Bertran was injured four minutes into the extra period, Gunzelman trotted onto the field.
Two minutes later, the junior was mobbed by her teammates after her header toward the near post off a throw in from midfielder Valerie Koeppl found the back of the net, lifting the Bulldogs to a 2-1 soccer win last night over Eleanor Roosevelt in Beltsville. The victory marks the first time Bowie has beaten the Raiders since the 2001 season.
"Before we started the overtime, they [the Bowie coaches] told me to get ready to go in," Gunzelman said. "We knew right when we started the overtime that two goals had already been scored on that goal and we're going to score another one on that goal."
Gunzelman's goal capped a game that was dominated by defense. Sweepers Julie Jacobs of Bowie and Tara McCarron of Eleanor Roosevelt took turns denying penetration by the opposing offense. The result was very few chances for either team in front of the net and all three goals were scored from dead-ball situations.
"The defense worked so hard," Bowie Coach Joe Ogunsanya said. "That's what we've been working on in practice, every day on their [Roosevelt's] set play. Finally, we get it done but it's not over yet. I know we're going to play them again in the regional."
The Raiders (10-3, 9-1 Prince George's) opened the scoring just before halftime when forward Sofia Ahmed got on the end of a long free kick from McCarron, deflecting the ball off her thigh and into the net. Eight minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs (14-2, 12-0) responded on a free kick of their own. Midfielder Amanda Poach sent a 25-yard kick to the short side of the goal for the tying score.
"We just did not play well," Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Kathy Lacey said. "Going into the playoffs, now we definitely have something to prove."
Hoss Leads Magruder
Darrell Hoss scored both goals to lead eighth-ranked Magruder past visiting Gaithersburg last night, 2-0, in a Montgomery 4A East boys' soccer game. Freddy Merkel had seven saves for his seventh shutout.
Special correspondent Andrew Levine contributed to this report.