Wilde Lake girls soccer coach Davia Procida said her team doesn’t like using the phrase “one-and-done” when referring to the single-elimination MPSSAA playoffs, opting to say "one-and-go" instead.
The Wildecats' team motto will stand for at least one more game.
Procida’s squad traveled to Glenelg Friday, defeating the Gladiators 2-1 in double overtime on senior Sarah Hulit’s game-winning score.
“I was expecting it more as a cross,” said an elated Hulit. “It was a pleasant surprise.”
Procida said she couldn’t be happier with the way her team fought, especially following the Gladiators’ surge of offensive power in the first overtime.
“It came down to guts,” Procida said. “They’ve had heart all season, so we don’t have to do much motivating. I’m very proud of them”
Wilde Lake’s score in regulation came early in the first half, when the Gladiators (4-8,4-11) were whistled for a foul in the box.
Wilde Lake sophomore Rachel Lazris stood ready to take the penalty kick. As she wound up to deliver the shot, Glenelg keeper Lindsey Mazer dove to her right. Lazris’ shot barely lifted off the ground, but still found the back of the net for the first score of the game.
Glenelg responded just two minutes into the second half.
Wildecats keeper Lauren Hutchinson came out of the box to challenge Kayla Renehan and Rachel Nichols as they threatened to score on a fast break.
Renehan got just enough foot on the ball to elude Hutchinson, and Nichols was able to convert on the goal.
It would prove to be the only time the Gladiators found the back of the net.
Though her club walked away with a disappointing loss to end the season, Glenelg coach Maureen Hammond said she was happy her team saved its finest performance of the year for last.
“This was their best game of the season,” she said proudly. “The talent is there, the hard work is there, and the desire is there. We just needed to finish with balls in the back of the net.”
Wilde Lake (8-3-1, 8-5-2) now has the tall task of taking on county champion River Hill on Tuesday.
The second round game will be a rematch of the regular season finale, where the Hawks defeated the Wildecats 4-0, thanks to two goals from Sheridan Street.
“I’m happy this game went the way it did,” Procida said when asked about preparing for the Hawks. “We had to come back from behind. That was good practice. We’ll take away a lot of positives from this game moving forward.”
Mt. Hebron defeats Long Reach 3-0
Kelly Richards (2) and Nia Crump each scored for the Vikings (6-5-1, 7-5-1), who advance to the second round and will face Poly on Tuesday.
Long Reach ends its season 2-10 in county play, 3-10 overall.
Oakland Mills’ season ends with 2-0 loss vs. Patuxent
“My girls played hard and left it out there but nothing landed in the back of the net,” said Scorpions coach Christina Hewitt.
Oakland Mills ends its season 1-10, 2-12.
Centennial takes down Digital Harbor 13-0The Eagles take on City Tuesday.