BCC Barons v. Churchill Bulldogs
October 4, 2017, Scheduled 7:15 p.m. kickoff, Actual Kickoff 7:20 p.m.
Final Score: BCC 2, Churchill 0
Just two days after beating the Wheaton Knights by a score of 7-0, the BCC Barons 2017 Girlsâ Soccer Team traveled to Potomac to face the Winston Churchill High School Bulldogs. BCC had just claimed its 7th win of the season with no defeats and was ranked 1st in The Washington Postâs AllMet rankings for Girls soccer. The Bulldogs entered the game ranked 4th in the AllMet with 6 wins and one loss (by a score of 2-1) to Thomas Wooton High School. Fortunately for the Barons, key players Captain Avery Butterfield (#8), Junior Sarah Haas (#15), and Sophomore Samaya Bernardo (#6) returned to the lineup after recovering from illness and injury, but Junior Defender Colleen Riley (#23), who was critical in the middle on defense against Wheaton, was sidelined due to injury.
The first half of play saw both the Barons and the Bulldogs pressuring each otherâs defensive backline with long kicks up the sidelines and across the field. The Barons defense, led again by Senior Goalkeeper Carli Boyer (#0), held strong with Junior Bernardo stuffing two Bulldog attacks in the opening minutes and Senior Captains Butterfield, Morgane Dallaire (#22), Sophia Wallach (#17) and Senior Kat Albus (#3) clearing long balls to midfield and feeding Senior Captain Lili Barrett (#21), Seniors Clare Edelstein (#13), Julia Wilson (#11), and Lilly Craver (#12), and Junior Sarah Haas (#15) with through balls and overhead looping passes that led to several scoring opportunities but no goals. The scoring opportunities included one in the 16th minute when after several crisp passes, the ball end up at Edelsteinâs feet in the box, but the Bulldogsâ goalie snagged Edelsteinâs line drive shot. In the 18th minute, the Barons again had a scoring opportunity when they received a free kick just outside the Churchill goalie box because a Churchill defender held Edelstein, preventing her from tracking down an overhead pass from Wallach that would have left Edelstein one-on-one with the Churchill keeper. The Churchill wall was able to block the free kick out over the end line, and on the ensuing Baronâs corner kick, Wallach crossed the ball to Wilson on the far side of the goal, but Wilsonâs shot was blocked by what appeared to be a Churchill handball that was not called. The remainder of the first half saw another free kick for the Barons, this time for a Churchill handball that was called approximately 10 meters outside the Churchill goal box, but Senior Maya Gutmanâs (#24) shot just missed the goal. Despite the scoring opportunities, neither team was able to notch a goal in the first half, and the BCC cheering section, which appeared to be both larger and louder than Churchillâs, was left nervously wondering what it would take to break the deadlock.
The second half started with the Bulldogs pressuring the Baronsâ defense for the first three minutes, and the Barons looking a little cold, but by the 50th minute, the Barons had warmed back up and were dominating with ball possession, long kicks towards the Bulldogsâ goal, and controlling the middle. At the 51st minute, the Barons were awarded a free kick from approximately 40 meters out that Wallach put into the goal box but a Churchill player headed over the end line for a Barons corner kick. On the corner kick, Wallach sent the ball in the air towards the goal box, where it landed between the Bulldogsâ defenders and bounced into the net for the first goal of the game â score BCC 1, Churchill 0. Just two minutes later, the Barons scored their second goal when Gutman passed the ball to Barrett, who dribbled past a Churchill defender and then drilled the ball into the top, left corner of the goal to make the score BCC 2, Churchill 0. The remainder of the game included additional BCC pressure from Haas, Barrett, Craver, Edelstein, Junior Shelby Fountain (#1), and Sophomores Jessie Gomez (#5), Amelia Rehrig (#2), Greta Farkas (#4), and Lane Lieberman (#10), and rock solid defense from Butterfield, Albus, Wallach, Sophomore Bea Houston (#7), and Freshman Kelsea Petersen (#14), but no goals from either team. Final score BCC 2, Churchill 0!