River Hill girls soccer nabbed sole possession of the Howard County title Thursday, defeating visiting Wilde Lake 4-0.
Sheridan Street had two goals, Jessie Hopkins had two assists, and Alex Hamer and Maddie Haugh each added scores for the Hawks (9-1-1).
“I think we knew this was going to be a big game for us, so we all came out really pumped up and really intense. We wanted to be county champs,” said Street after the game. “We played hard, we played well, and they were a great competitor.”
In the first half, Hopkins connected with Haugh on a cross in the box. Haugh shot far post, netting the game’s first score with 24 minutes remaining before the break.
Following halftime, the Hawks sprung into action, scoring three additional unanswered goals.
First, it was Hamer, who tallied an unassisted goal with 26 minutes remaining in the game.
Then, with 16 minutes left, Hopkins sent another cross into the box. This time, it was Street who found the pass for the score.
Finally, inside the five minute-mark, Street converted on a penalty kick for her second goal of the game.
Julia Caine had eight saves in the shutout win for Hawks.
River Hill coach Brian Song said he was proud of Street and the way she performed in her final regular season game at home.
“She had been in a little bit of a slump, but I think she put too much pressure on herself,” said the Hawks’ coach. “For her to put two goals in the net here is awesome.”
The Wildecats, who fall to 7-3-1 on the season, would have been co-county champions with a win.
Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida said it’s time to forget about the regular season.
“This is a step towards the playoffs, and we will probably see them again,” she said. “I was proud of the way they played. We just had a lot of chances that we didn’t capitalize on.”
The Hawks are in line for a No. 1 seed heading into postseason play, and Street said her team is ready for the next challenge.
“We feel good, but we have some things to work on,” she said. “We’re progressing at the rate we want to be, so we’re happy.”
Around the county:
Glenelg defeats Long Reach 3-1
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Rachel Kim scored the lone goal for the Lightning (2-9)