Hammond girls soccer advances to second round of playoffs

Hammond girls soccer traveled to Maurice J. McDonough High School Thursday, nabbing a 1-0 overtime win against the Rams in the first round of the MPSSAA playoffs.

Juno Kawasaki took a pass from Renae Tucker in the first overtime, blew by a challenging McDonough keeper and scored for the Golden Bears (2-11), who tallied just their second victory of the season.

“For the most part, I thought we controlled the game,” said coach Mike Koplow. “We played pretty well. It’s neat when you’re in a position to play a team, and you can see the things you’ve been working on.”

Though the game ended in extra time, Koplow said his club seemed to narrowly miss on a plenty of opportunities.

“We had a number of them go a little bit wider than we liked,” he said. “Some were a bit closer, but it still didn’t happen.”

Late in the second half, the Rams threatened on two penalty kick attempts. Hammond was able to stand its ground as both shots sailed high over the goal, allowing the game to move to overtime.

The Golden Bears will look to continue their playoff momentum Tuesday, Oct. 29, when they travel to No. 1 Calvert.

Hammond is playing out of the Class 2A South, Section II bracket, along with fellow Howard County schools Marriotts Ridge and Oakland Mills. 

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