When Washington International forward Tati Clinton struck a second-half corner kick Monday afternoon, the ball began turning toward the goal. A few moments later, the ball rolled into the bottom right corner of the net, as Clinton’s teammates mobbed her while jogging back into position.

Clinton wasn’t expecting to score in that situation, but in a physical game, the junior’s goal proved the difference. Washington International beat Sandy Spring, 1-0, in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference girls’ soccer championship at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.

“The goal gave us a lot of momentum to keep fighting,” Clinton said.

Entering this season, Washington International Coach Colin Buck didn’t expect his Red Devils (11-3-1) to win their third consecutive league championship. However, a group of underclassmen played key roles in Washington International finishing undefeated in PVAC play.


After a scoreless half Monday, Buck told his players to remind themselves of their previous wins, hoping to raise their confidence. Sandy Spring had opportunities, but Washington International goalkeeper Sofia Giorgianni made a handful of diving saves. Those plays kept the game scoreless until Clinton recorded her second goal against Sandy Spring this season.

“We played really badly, but we won,” Buck said. “That’s a sign of a good team.”

Washington International has a quick turnaround, playing D.C. International in the first round of the D.C. State Athletic Association tournament Tuesday. Last season, the Red Devils qualified for the DCSAA semifinals for the first time.


“We have a chance,” Clinton said, “if we try our best.”

Elsewhere, Sidwell Friends won the Independent School League Class AA championship to retake the top spot in this poll for the first time since the start of the season. Good Counsel claimed the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.


1. Sidwell Friends (14-1-1) Last ranked: 8

With a 3-0 win over Georgetown Day, the Quakers won the ISL AA championship for the second straight year.

2. Spalding (14-2-1) LR: 1

In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A championship, the Cavaliers fell to McDonogh, 3-1.

3. Good Counsel (17-2-1) LR: Not ranked

With a 1-0 win over Elizabeth Seton, the Falcons won their second consecutive WCAC title.


4. Severna Park (12-2-2) LR: 4

To advance to the Maryland 4A semifinals, the Falcons beat Arundel, 4-1.

5. Northern (12-3) LR: 3

The defending Maryland 3A champion is back in the state semifinals after a 6-0 win over C.M. Wright.

6. Georgetown Day (15-2) LR: 2

The Grasshoppers fell to Sidwell Friends, 3-0, in the ISL AA championship.

7. South River (11-1-2) LR: 5

The Seahawks lost to Severna Park, 1-0, in their regional championship.


8. Elizabeth Seton (9-2-3) LR: 6

In the WCAC championship, the Roadrunners fell to Good Counsel, 1-0.

9. Chesapeake (11-2-2) LR: NR

The Cougars qualified for the Maryland 3A semifinals with a 1-0 win over Rockville.

10. Huntingtown (12-2) LR: 10

The Hurricanes fell to Northern, 2-1, in their regional championship.

Dropped out: No. 7 Quince Orchard (13-2), No. 9 Bethesda-Chevy Chase (11-2)

On the bubble: Churchill (11-5), Blair (12-3), Calvert (12-3).