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B-CC Barons Girls Varsity Team Defeats Wootton Patriots 3-1 in Quarterfinals of Maryland 4A West

Varsity vs Thomas S Wootton HS on 11/3/2009 5:30:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, November 04, 2009 by Karl Klontz
B-CC Barons Girls Varsity Team Defeats Wootton Patriots 3-1 in Quarterfinals of Maryland 4A West
On B-CC’s part on November 3rd in a quarterfinal match in Maryland’s 4A west division, there was a bit of sputtering, perhaps, in the first half – engines not firing on all cylinders, a tinge of rust, you might say, from a week’s layoff. Until the Barons found their game, they had to hunker down and defend themselves from repeated attacks by the Patriots. B-CC keeper Sasha Konownitzine stood out during this process by cutting off drives and making spectacular, exquisitely-timed leaps to deny the Patriots any goals. She was assisted by defenders Genova, MacRostie, Hardgrove, and Klontz on the defensive line and by midfielders Doll, Ward, Levin, Hucek, and Hoffman. But then, after what appeared to be a half-time tune-up, the Barons ignited and hit the road under a rising full moon. Three minutes into the second half, senior Owyn Manson received a pass just inside the Patriot’s turf and cut a line to the corner where, in magician style, she eluded several defenders before driving toward the goal to score through what appeared to be a nonexistent opening. Then, with 13 minutes remaining, Hannah Levin commenced an attack from roughly the same area where Manson had begun hers, only instead of seeking the corner, she raced at blistering speed toward the goal only to be fouled in the penalty box. Junior Alex Doll adroitly scored the resulting penalty kick. Speaking of Doll, moments after scoring, she prevented a Patriots goal in a true display of full-field coverage by skillfully sliding near the goal line to keep the ball from entering the net. With additional offensive power provided by forward Thorpe and midfielder Khanna, B-CC’s final goal came with three minutes remaining when junior Vic Gersh sent an airborne cross from the corner to the goal box where freshman Alix Emden masterfully one-touched it into the net. Not to be shut out, the Patriots scored in the last minute to make the final tally 3-1 when forward Abbey Engleman tapped a loose ball over the goal line. In all, B-CC took 11 shots, six on goal, with 5 saves coming from Konownitzine. This compared to eight shots (and six on goal) for Wootton. And finally, in what was a marker of a tough physical match, the two teams combined for a total of 17 fouls.          

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