Our Lady of Mt. Carmel girls soccer defended its IAAM C Conference title on Nov. 3 at Maryvale Preparatory School, defeating Glenelg Country School, 3-0.
The Cougars, who finished their season 20-1 overall, were led offensively by senior striker Jess Magdaleno’s two goals. Freshman Noella Silva added another score in the win.
Glenelg Country ends its season at 14-2-1 overall.
“It was definitely not one of the easier wins,” said Mt. Carmel coach Robb Bonner following his team’s victory. “We’ve had some games this season where we were able to control the game even more.
“Today, they just came out and they were not going to be denied.”
The Cougars got things started just five minutes into the contest, as Silva sprinted down the center of the field and collected a deflection off a Dragon defender to score.
“Noella being a freshman, she came in and contributed,” said Bonner of Silva’s performance.
With twenty-five minutes remaining in the first half, Magdaleno received a pass from junior Jada Tallety, who was flying down the field on a breakaway.
From the right side, Magdaleno set and shot to the far-left post, giving her squad a 2-0 advantage.
The second half was more of the same, as Glenelg Country’s offensive threats up top continued to be stifled by the Cougars’ defense. Top Dragon players like Deja Hursey and Sabrina DeLeonibus were held without many chances.
“I think that they had a very strong sweeper…she definitely held her own back there,” said Hursey, describing the play of Mt. Carmel’s Lynnsey Fullano. “I remember when we played them in the season, that she was the person that we just couldn’t get past on defense. I applaud her.”
Magdaleno’s second goal of the afternoon came just three minutes after intermission. Elizabeth Parks attempted a shot on a free kick from the left side of the field. The ball sailed just high enough to ricochet off Glenelg Country keeper Kiersten Moore, and then the crossbar. A favorable bounce landed in front of Magdaleno in the box, whose quick flick into the net gave the Cougars a comfortable 3-0 lead.
“Everybody put their best effort in, and we did what we always did,” said Magdaleno.
Dragons coach Christy Cole said it could have been nerves that set her team back from the start.
“They definitely struggled to come together as a team in that first half,” Cole said. “To come from behind is really difficult, especially when the emotions are running high in games like these.
“Obviously it was not the outcome we were hoping for.”
After losing its opening match to Annapolis Area Christian in early September, Mt. Carmel notched 20 consecutive wins on its way to a second IAAM C title in as many years.
“Overall, everyone played outstanding,” said Bonner. “This was their goal.”
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