Playing its third game in five days, Wilde Lake traveled to Oakland Mills Saturday, taking down the Scorpions 3-0, and ending the wacky week that was Howard County girls soccer.
Carliane Laguerre scored twice for the Wildecats (6-2-1)—assisted by Alyssa Bialek and Kristin Edwards—and Antanazia Britt scored her first ever varsity goal en route to the squad’s second victory of the week.
Oakland Mills fell to 0-8 in county play with the loss.
Wilde Lake coach Davia Procida said there was a “feel-good atmosphere” on the visiting sideline, and that, while it was a fun game to be a part of, it was still a difficult victory nonetheless.
“It wasn’t a ‘gimme’ game,” she said. “There are no ‘gimme’ games this year.”
Procida said she thought her squad was a little sleepy in the first 15 minutes of the game, and that her girls needed to “find their mojo.”
As the first half drew to a close, the Wildecats finally pounced into action.
With six minutes remaining in the first half, Bialek sent a cross to Laguerre, who netted the game’s first score.
Then, in the second half, Laguerre struck again.
Edwards played a bouncing through ball, which Laguerre then headed into the goal over charging Scorpions keeper, Mary Stockford (six saves).
“Carliane was just so composed in the box,” said Procida. “It was exciting for her because that was such a textbook play.”
In the second half, with 11 minutes remaining, Britt scored off an Anna Freedman cross for the game’s third and final score.
Julia Crowe had one save for the Cats; Lauren Hutchinson had three.
"I thought that we really came together and played as a team," said Wildecats sophomore Rachel Lazris. "Everyone was really supportive of each other."
It was senior day for Oakland Mills, and coach Christina Hewitt said there were a lot of emotions at the beginning of the game.
“They left it all our there. We just came up short,” she said. “Overall, we struggled a little bit with our offensive attack. We played some good balls…but we just gave up some silly mistakes that (Wilde Lake) capitalized on.”
Earlier in the week River Hill and Marriotts Ridge were both handed losses, throwing the
Howard County girls soccer standings into disarray.
With only one week remaining in regular season play, Wilde Lake will get its chance to face the Hawks on Thursday.
Oakland Mills finishes its season against Hammond and Marriotts Ridge before county playoffs begin.