Elizabeth Hillman’s goal midway through the second half propelled Bel Air to an 2-1 UCBAC Chesapeake Division girls soccer victory over visiting Patterson Mill Tuesday night.
The win pushed the Bobcats (7-3 overall) to 3-0 in the division, well ahead of the others. Patterson Mill (5-3-1) stands at 1-1-1 in the division.
Hillman’s goal came just past the midway point of the second half and with the Bobcats playing down a player due to a red card, handball infraction in the box just five minutes into the second half.
“At that point, honestly, since our team was down a player, we knew we were just going have to keep taking shots from outside, because those through balls might not be there, because we were playing with one forward against their four defenders,” Hillman said. “So we knew our goals were most likely going to come from a forward dropping it to a middie or a defensive back for that through ball in or either the shot and luckily it was the shot at that point.”
The shot, a powerful, high shot from 35 yards out was just out of the reach of Patterson Mill goalie MC Cicenia.
The goal, which was the difference in the game, came some 15 minutes after Patterson Mill had tied the game at 1.
The red card infraction came on a Patterson Mill corner kick. The ball was played in right in front of the Bobcats goal. A struggle ensued with Patterson Mill players trying to force the ball in and Bel Air players doing what they could to keep it out.
In the process, Bel Air senior defender Sara Tivvis was red carded for intentionally using her hand to keep the ball out iof the goal.
Patterson Mill’s Bethany Bruck took and converted the penalty kick for the Huskies.
“Very proud of my team tonight. Played through some adversity and found a way to come together as a team and win,” Bobcats coach Josh Ruggiero said. “This was something we needed and a win against a well coached team with a lot of talent is always a plus. To do it a player down, makes it special.”
With both teams at full strength in the first half, Bel Air went ahead with 15:15 to play in the half. Lexi Kraemer played a ball to the middle from the right corner. The ball reached Hillman, who pushed it over Autumn Dougherty. Dougherty then drilled it into the net.
Patterson Mill’s Kaley Thompson had a chance to tie the game six minutes later, but her shot was saved by diving Bel Air keeper Jill Kozak.
A couple of minutes later, Dougherty looked to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead, but her shot sailed high.
Five minutes before Hillman’s big shot, Dougherty nearly scored again, but her shot past a sliding Cicenia glanced off the far post.
The Bobcats had a 15-8 advantage in shots. Bel Air goalie Kozak finished with nine saves and Huskies keeper Cicenia made 12 saves.
“I think we played really well,” Huskies coach Mike Parker said. “Not the first half, took us a little bit to get use to the space. Our field is about half the width of this and after the first 10 minutes we kind of figured out we have the space, we worked the ball down the field I thought we played really well.”
Rams blank Mustangs
Edgewood (1-2, 6-2) shut out visiting C. Milton Wright (0-2-1, 2-4-2), 2-0, in Chesapeake play Tuesday. The Rams led 1-0 at the half.
Edgewood scoring came from Ryan Parncutt and Paige Graff with a goal each.
Edgewood goalie Emma Grantland made eight saves and CMW goalie Sydney Frank had five saves.
Cobras, hawks tie
North Harford (1-0-2, 6-2-2) and host Harford Tech (0-1-3, 5-3-3) battled to a 1-1 tie Tuesday night in Chesapeake play.
Tech scored first with a great shot from Emma O'Berry, using a feed from Allison Storm about halfway through the first half.
A few moments later, North Harford scored on a shot from Olivia Walton, assisted by Maddy McKinney.
The teams played another half and two overtime periods without any further scoring.
North Harford keeper Mikaela Magness made seven saves and Tech goalies Jordan Althoff and Raegan Salamone had no saves between them.
Other UCBAC score
In a Susquehanna Division game, Aberdeen (2-2, 2-7) beat host Joppatowne (0-3, 3-5), 5-1. Stats were not provided.
John Carroll falls
John Carroll (1-4, 3-5-1) lost at Notre Dame Prep, 2-1, Tuesday in an IAAM A Conference game.
Natalie Berkey talliied the Patriots lone goal.
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