BCC Barons v. Walter Johnson Wildcats
October 10, 2017, Scheduled 7:15 p.m. kickoff, Actual Kickoff Much Later
Final Score: BCC 3, Churchill 0
Less than a week after beating the Winston Churchill High School Bulldogs in a close game that started scoreless in the first half but finished with the BCC Barons 2017 Girls Soccer team ahead 2 goals to none, BCC faced another top cross-town competitor, the Walter Johnson High School Wildcats. On the night that the Barons had selected as their âSenior Night,â the Seniors arrived at the game in style when they emerged from a Hummer limousine large enough to fit all 14 of the Baronsâ Senior players. Like the previous three teams that BCC had played (Einstein, Wheaton, and Churchill), the Wildcats were trying to knock the Barons out of their 1st place ranking in The Washington Postâs AllMet rankings for Girls soccer â a position the Barons have held since September 26, 2017. Although the Wildcats had lost to Whitman by a score of 3-1 the week before, they also had limited the Churchill Bulldogs to a single score in the Wildcats 1-0 loss to the Bulldogs on October 2nd. The game saw the return to the field of all of the Baronsâ Varsity players except Junior Defender Colleen Riley (#23), who remained sidelined due to injury.
Along with an overtime period in the JV game, the Senior Night festivities pushed the kickoff much later than originally scheduled, and by the time the Seniors and their parents cleared the field, the Barons only had minutes to re-focus on the game and warmup. The game began with the Barons kicking the ball back to Senior Caroline Ward (#19), who passed to Senior Alex Fine (#25), who cleared the ball to the Wildcat defensive half and then out of bounds. Both Ward and Fine have been sidelined for the season due to pre-season injuries, and the kickoff presented an opportunity to earn some game time on the field with their fellow Seniors. Senior Sally Egan (#99) started in goal, and it did not take long for Egan to show her defensive prowess when she made key saves at the 4th, 7th, and 11th minutes, among others, and also denied the Wildcats several other scoring opportunities by charging out to smother loose balls.
Like the Baronsâ game against Churchill, the first half of play saw the Barons and the Wildcats pressuring each otherâs defensive backline with long kicks up the sidelines and across the field. Senior Captains Avery Butterfield (#8) and Sophia Wallach (#17) and Sophomore Bea Houston (#7) fed the midfielders, including Senior Captain Morgane Dallaire (#22), Senior Maya Gutman (#24), and Sophomore Jessie Gomez (#5), and forwards, including Senior Captain Lili Barrett (#21), Seniors Julia Wilson (#11), Lilly Craver (#12), and Claire Edelstein (#13), and Juniors Shelby Fountain (#1) and Sarah Haas (#15) with overhead passes and precision through passes, but the Wildcatsâ defense held strong. Outstanding defensive plays in the first half also were turned in by Junior Ardyn Kesterman (#18), Sophomores Greta Farkas (#4), Lane Lieberman (#10), Samaya Bernardo (#6), and Amelia Rehrig (#2), and Freshman Kelsea Petersen (#14). Like the Churchill game, the score at halftime was 0-0.
The first 10 minutes of the second half saw the Barons and Wildcats continuing to pressure each otherâs defense with Edelstein, Barrett, Gomez, and Gutman keeping the ball on the Wildcatsâ defensive half of the field for the first two minutes, Wallach sending a corner kick off of the Wildcat goalieâs hands that Wilson sent over the crossbar at the 45th minute, and Senior Carli Boyer (#0) making key saves on a Wildcat free kick and subsequent corner kick in the 48th minute. The Baronsâ persistent pressure finally paid off in the 51st minute when Wallach sent another corner kick into the goal box that went off of a Wildcat head and landed at the feet of Gomez on the far side of the post. Gomez immediately popped the ball back towards the goal only to have it deflected off a Wildcat head towards the top of the box and land at Wilsonâs feet where Wilson immediately smashed the ball off of a defender or two and into the net to make the score Barons 1, Wildcats 0.
The next 10 minutes saw BCC shots at goal by Haas on a breakaway at the 55th minute that the Wildcat goalie collected, Gomez a minute later that the goalie saved, and a long pass by Farkas to Craver that was sent wide of the goal at the 61st minute. In the 62nd minute, however, Farkas found Fountain who fed the ball to Haas for the Baronsâ second goal, Barons 2, Wildcats 0. As the game entered the final 10 minutes of play, the Baronsâ defense continued to hold strong, and in the 71st minute, Wallach sent a high kick from the left sideline into the middle of the box where Senior Natalie Labinger (#20) headed the ball over the goalie and into the net for the Baronsâ third goal. Barons 3, Wildcats 0.
The Barons defense finished the game strong with solid defensive performances by Senior Kat Albus (#3), Edelstein, Kesterman, and Bernardo in the waning minutes. Final Score BCC 3, Wildcats 0.