Saturday, September 17, 2016
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Walt Whitman High School
Barons take home the cup in the âBattle of Bethesdaâ
In the Battle of Bethesda, the BCC girlsâ soccer team pulled out a hard-fought but decisive victory over rival Walt Whitman High School 2-0. The Soccer Without Borders fundraiser, sponsored by both teams, created a festive and highly charged atmosphere with lots of fans, the Whitman band, and great fundraising for a great cause.
The first half was scoreless but featured an aggressive sliding save by Baronsâ goalkeeper Carli Boyer, and shots on the Whitman goal that were deftly deflected or saved. Juniors Clare Edelstein and Sophia Wallach in the midfield and senior Caroline Flibbert were among the offensive forces putting pressure on Whitman throughout the first half.
The second half opened with renewed vigor and domination by the Barons. Within minutes Wallach earned a corner, and senior Georgia Tinsley took the shot – saved. Next, freshman Greta Farkas took a shot that went over the crossbar, followed by senior Olivia Siegel making a run up the midfield, crossing to Tinsley who shot â saved by the Whitman keeper. Continuing with the offensive onslaught, junior Maya Gutman lobbed one from the 20, earning a corner off of a deflection. Another freshman powerhouse, Samaya Bernardo, moved the ball to Tinsley who took another shot – saved again. Whitman goalkeeper Katie Stender-Moore was busy the whole second half, and defended the net with ferocity but B-CC was unrelenting. A throw-in to junior Lili Barrett resulted in a shot and save. Tinsley earned another corner, played it right to Flibbert, who headed it toward the net â but it was saved again! Wallach and senior defender Marley Clendenin both took shots – which were saved.
Whitman was unable to create many scoring opportunities in the second half. They had a shot early that went high, and a corner kick late in the half, which was fruitless.
With 10 minutes left in the scoreless game, BCCâs freshman force Emma McMillian passed the ball to Edelstein who tapped it to Flibbert who found the net. A minute later, Siegel received the ball in the midfield, passed to Barrett who scored as well. Hats off to the Whitman keeper who did a valiant job keeping the Barons at only 2-0 as the clock wound down.