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B-CC girls varsity soccer team defeats Walter Johnson High School 2-1 in overtime

Varsity vs Walter Johnson HS on 9/15/2009 7:00:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 by Karl Klontz

Caution: Might want to pop a Tums before reading this because that’s the kind of game it was Tuesday, September 15th when B-CC’s varsity girls’ soccer team beat the Walter Johnson Wildcats 2-1 in overtime at the Barons’ opening home game.  For the first 10 stomach-churning minutes, the Wildcats dominated play, forcing B-CC keeper Sasha Konownitzine and defenders MacRostie, Genova, Klontz, and Hardgrove to repel unremitting advances.  But then B-CC midfielders Khanna, Levin, Gersh, Doll, Hucek, Embden, Mesirow, and Hoffman joined forces with forwards Manson and Thorpe to pepper the Wildcats with attacks of their own.  Gradually, it became an even match – until, that is, midway through the second half when the Wildcats sent a free kick into the goal box that, after a skirmish, made its way into B-CC’s net for a 1-0 lead.  But B-CC would not fold: For the next 18 minutes, the Barons launched drives and fired shots that narrowly missed their mark.  And then, with 5 minutes remaining, Manson drilled a shot that the WJ keeper bobbled long enough for Vic Gersh to convert into a goal.  A second Tums, please.  Even the B-CC student in the black cap standing on the first row of the bleachers who’d been cheering at the top of his lungs since the opening whistle was losing his voice.  As the 10-minute, golden-goal overtime began, B-CC took control of the field.  More drives, more shots, but no goal.  It looked like the night would end in a draw, but with 45 seconds remaining, Owyn Manson, her back to the goal at the 25-yard line, somehow flicked a sharply passed ball to her feet into open territory to an on-rushing Alex Doll who drove the ball forward toward the WJ goal.  For a moment, the world seemed to slow.  It was just an advancing Doll and an oncoming keeper in life.  The goalie began her slide to shut off all angles, but Doll found what appeared to be a few remaining inches.  She swept the ball past an outstretched hand, and after it struck the inside of the left post, the ball entered the goal.  In all, B-CC took 16 shots, 6 shots-on-goal, and 8 corners; keeper Konownitzine, who played the entire game, made 5 saves.  For the season, the Barons stand at 3 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties.      


Reported by Karl Klontz        

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