The Bel Air girls soccer team put a halt to Edgewood's run through the UCBAC's Chesapeake (upper) Division Friday. The Bobcats scored three unanswered goals to beat the Rams, 3-0, in Bel Air.
The Bobcats nearly jumped ahead just 12:30 into the game, but Jaimie Layfield's header glanced hard off the cross bar and Edgewood was able to clear the ball away without further danger.
That wasn't the case, however, with just under seven minutes left in the first half. Edgewood's inability to clear the ball from the middle, around the 18-yard line, resulted in Bailey Gasior getting a free look at the goal. The senior took full advantage, blasting a right-foot shot past Edgewood keeper Nasia Denegal.
The teams went to the half with the 1-0 score. Bel Air added its other goals just 2:05 apart.
The first came on a cross from Juliana Portera to Natalie Decker, who found herself alone in the box for an uncontested goal. Portera was in on the next goal as well, passing the ball to Jordan Layfield, who trapped the ball and then sent a hard, high shot from 30 yards out past Denegal.
Edgewood's scoring chances were few, with the best opportunity likely coming midway through the second half. The Rams were awarded a direct kick just outside the goalie box as a result of a trip. Ladea Boykin took the shot, but it sailed harmlessly high and wide right.
Bel Air starting goalie Andrea Sipos finished with six saves and Karlie Scherba came on to record one save. Denegal ended her night with eight saves.
The Bobcats are 3-0 in Chesapeake play and 7-1 overall. Edgewood is 3-1 in Chesapeake play and 7-1 overall.
Patriots win again
John Carroll coach Gary Lynch was not sure what to expect Thursday in the Patriots game at Bryn Mawr, coming off the big victory over McDonongh just three days earlier and playing a third match in four days.
John Carroll figured it out and was able to play a slow, possession match, spelling some of the worn legs, and came away with a 4-0 victory.
Jenna Santoro, Megan Amrein, Mary Kate Gerety and Jules Butta netted goals for the Patriots and Sophie Centi had three assists. Caroline Sdanowich had one assist.
John Carroll keeper Katie Cooper had one save. The Patriots are 5-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in IAAM A conference play.
Because of Monday's rain and predicted bad weather, all seven scheduled games were postponed.