BCC Barons v. Wheaton Knights
October 2, 2017, Scheduled 7:15 p.m. kickoff, Actual Kickoff 7:26
Final Score: BCC 7, Wheaton 0
On a clear, cool October evening, the BCC Barons 2017 Girlsâ Soccer Team took the field to face the Wheaton High School Knights. The Barons entered the game with 6 wins and no losses, and still ranked by The Washington Post as 1st in the AllMet rankings for Girls soccer â ahead of Spalding, St. Johnâs, Churchill, and Northern, which rounded out the top 5. The Barons were still playing short some of their key players from recent games â Captain Avery Butterfield (#8) (out due to illness), Junior Sarah Haas (#15) (out due to injury), and Sophomore Samaya Bernardo (#6) (still recovering from an injury) â but Senior Maya Gutman (#24) returned to the midfield having overcome her illness.
Although the Knights presented a stiff defense for the first 8 minutes of the game, the Baronsâ supporters knew it was only a matter of time before the Barons would open the floodgates, and at the 10th minute of the game, Senior Julia Wilson (#11), with a feed from Junior Colleen Riley (#23), found the floodgate keys (as well as the lower left corner of the goal) with the Baronsâ first score. Once the floodgates opened, there was no stopping the Baronsâ onslaught. Less than a minute later, Captain Lili Barrett (#21), off a pass from Sophomore Jessie Gomez (#5), dinked the ball around the Knightsâ goalkeeperâs diving hands and followed her dink by driving the ball into the net â BCC 2, Wheaton 0.
The Baronsâ next goal came at the 14th minute with a pass from Wilson to Sophomore Bea Houston (#7) â BCC 3, Wheaton 0. Just a minute later, Wilson almost had another assist when she fed a charging Gutman with a heel flick, but a Knights defender tracked the ball down and put it over the end line for a BCC corner. Shortly, thereafter, Wilson got her assist with a pass to Senior Lilly Craver (#12) who shot the ball into the top right corner of the goal over the head of the Knightsâ keeper â BCC 4, Wheaton 0.
The rest of the first half saw Senior Sally Egan (#99) replace Senior Carli Boyer (#0) as Goalkeeper, and the Barons continue to pressure Wheatonâs defense with very little pressure by Wheaton on the Baronsâ defense. The Baronsâ backfield and midfield, including Captains Morgane Dallaire (#22) and Sophia Wallach (#17), Senior Kat Albus (#3), Junior Riley, Sophomore Lane Lieberman (#10), and Freshman Kelsea Petersen (#14), sent numerous balls over, through, and past the Wheaton defense, but the Barons were unable to put the ball into the goal until the 39th minute (in part, due to the goalkeeping of the Wheaton goalie who knocked away a left-footed bullet from Lieberman in the 26th minute). With just over a minute left in the first half, Petersen fed Barrett who sent the ball rocketing to the top right far corner of the goal from the top of the left side of the goalie box. Score at the half BCC 5, Wheaton 0.
The second half saw the Barons assert almost absolute control over the game through ball possession. Although Wheaton had a few breaks up the sideline, the Barons kept the Knights far away from the center of the field for the most part, and when the Knights were able to center the ball, Egan was there to scoop up the ball in the box. Despite numerous corner kicks from Craver, Houston, Wallach, and Senior Clare Edelstein (#13) providing the Barons with scoring opportunities, the Barons were unable to convert the opportunities into goals until the 76th minute of the game, when Barrett fed Gutman on a breakaway for the goal â BCC 6, Wheaton 0. For good measure, a minute-and-a-half later, Senior Natalie Labinger (#20), from a pass from Barrett, shot the ball from 5 yards outside the goalie box into the far, top corner of the goal to score the final goal of the game. Final score BCC 7, Wheaton 0.