But on Oct. 22, in Chapelgate’s last regular-season game, Yahiro got into the lineup for the first time this season. Six minutes into the second half, Yahiro — now recovered from an ACL injury — got her foot on a deflected shot and put in her first goal of the season.
But Yahiro’s goal, as well as two from Lydia Frierson, were for naught as Garrison Forest beat the hosts, 6-3, in Chapelgate’s senior game.
Frierson’s goals were her 30th and 31st of the season for the Yellowjackets, now 2-9 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland’s B Conference.
After winning the C Conference two straight years, a move up to a tougher division and the loss of many seniors, Chapelgate has struggled.
Yet, said Yahiro, the season “hasn’t been so bad. We are building a team for future years. Some girls have never played soccer before. It’s a totally different team, but it is so much fun. I’ve loved getting to know these girls.”
“I think we’ve surprised some people just because of our heart,” Frierson said. “Coming into the season I was expecting us to get destroyed. I’ve been surprised we’ve been doing so well so I’m thankful for that.”
Chapelgate will get another chance at Garrison Forest. They will meet in the first round of the conference playoffs on Oct. 25.
In the C Conference, Glenelg Country School, 9-3, in the league, got the top seed in the Gold Division. The Dragons will play the winner of the Oldfields vs. Key game in the opening round.
Glenelg can’t get past Archbishop
With 27 shots, Archbishop Spalding shut out Glenelg, 5-0, Oct. 22, in the last game of the regular season.
Lindsey Mazer had 21 saves for Glenelg.
Glenelg travels to Dundalk Oct. 26 for a first-round game in the Class 2A North Region playoffs.
In other Class 2A action, Oakland Mills plays Lansdowne Oct. 26 while Long Reach has a bye in the first round. The second-round games are tentatively set for Oct. 30. Check www.mpssaa.org for the playoff brackets.