Catonsville senior forward Brooke Stevens is a prolific goal-scorer, but in Catonsville’s 5-2 victory on Thursday afternoon, she took it to a new level.
She scored three goals in the first half, including one just eight seconds after Loch Raven’s Veda Nowowieski had cut a 2-0 lead in half on a goal with 4:38 left in the first half.
“That was beautiful,” said first-year coach Carrie Mckenna-Wilson on the tough-angled shot.
Stevens, who had 14 goals and six assists when the Comets were state finalists last season, also had four goals in the postseason last year.
“When they scored we knew we had to come right back and score so we didn’t let them get in the game,” Stevens said.
Goals from junior forward Catherine Sweeney, who also had an assist in the first half, and junior Emma Clark early in the second half gave the Comets a 5-1 lead and Stevens was happy for the scoring support.
“I think we have a lot of strong offensive players because a lot of the offense is returning,” said the tri-captain. “I think we work together really well and hopefully it will be good scoring season.”
Her coach credits her scoring ability, that included three goals in a season-opening 5-0 win over Sparrows Point, to her unselfishness.
“She is a true team player,” she said. “She’s not selfish at all. She does everything with the rest of the team in mind.”
The Comets had several more scoring opportunities in the second half, but Loch Raven goalie Cori Koski responded with some fine saves.
“Their goalie was really good. She had a lot of good saves,” Mckenna-Wilson said.
The Raiders also got solid midfield play from sophomore Alyssa Demski and a goal with 12:32 left from junior Kata Kyllainen, but the Catonsville defense, anchored by senior tri-captains Kelly Reymann and Juliana Keagle and senior Kelly Brady was stingy the rest of the way.
Loch Raven, who defeated Eastern Tech, 1-0, is 1-1 this season, while the Comets improved to 2-0.
But the new coach wants a lot more.
“Our goal is to never be defeated no matter what the score,” Mckenna-Wilson said. “We are just going to play hard the whole season.”