Stone Bridge forwards Murielle Tiernan and Ashley Herndon made one of their signature pushes toward the net midway through the first half of their soccer match Wednesday night against Briar Woods, the type of push that had given both senior players 11 goals apiece headed into the game. After Tiernan hit a cross from the right sideline, intended for Herndon, the textbook play was foiled momentarily.
But Stone Bridge senior Emily Person was in front of the net, too. Herndon didn’t have a look, and the ball was deflected from her to Person, who unloaded a 15-yard dart into the top of the net.
The goal was many things. It was Person’s first of the season. It shed light on the abundance of skilled scorers on the roster. And it broke open the game for the No. 1 Bulldogs, who cruised to a 3-0 win over No. 6 Briar Woods in a non-district contest in Ashburn.
“Finally,” said Person, whose team improved to 9-0-2. “I’ve been shooting all these past games, and nothing’s gone in.”
The Falcons (8-2-1) entered the first-ever meeting between the schools having played extra minutes in a scoreless overtime draw against Tuscarora (Va.) on Tuesday. Both teams looked perfectly conditioned Wednesday, but Tiernan and Herndon caused major problems from the outset. After the speedy tandem was involved in Person’s goal, Herndon netted her 12th score of the year after breaking over the top of Briar Woods and beating the Falcons’ keeper low seven minutes into the second half. Herndon has scored or assisted in all but one game this season.
Tiernan, the reigning All-Met Player of the Year, added a near-post header off a throw-in with less than five minutes to play.
“I think this year we have a lot more people involved,” Tiernan said. “Our offense is definitely getting stronger, by the year,”
For as much as the game seemed like clockwork for Stone Bridge, it was also one Person won’t forget soon. She has been back playing with the Bulldogs for several weeks, still recovering from an ACL tear that occurred last season. She played Wednesday with a bulky black brace on her left knee, and after the game she wrapped it with ice. Wednesday was an important step on her road to recovery.
“This is my first goal since tearing my ACL,” she said. “I started crying a little bit when I scored. But I’m glad that I could do it.”
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