The Falcons won their first three games of the season, but dropped their next six — all shutouts. Sophomore defender Leah Taylor made sure it wouldn’t happen for a seventh time, and scored a goal with three minutes, 38 seconds left in sudden-death overtime to give the Falcons the 1-0 victory over the Owls.
Juniors Landon Bruce and Dereik Crosby II led the Knights (4-2) with two touchdowns apiece. Bruce, who also performed at quarterback for most of the evening, led with 29 carries for 212 yards (unofficially).
Liberty senior forward Alanna Wray scored two goals in a little more than 2 minutes to give the Lions a 2-0 lead over Manchester Valley in the first 10 minutes of play, and the visiting Lions went on to win 3-0 in a Carroll County Athletic League contest Thursday.
Century, which boasts the county’s leading rusher in junior Landon Bruce, hosts Manchester Valley in sight of their third straight county victory. The Knights (3-2, 2-1 Carroll County Athletic League) routed Francis Scott Key 35-6 last week, and Bruce scored three touchdowns to help the Knights win.
The fall sports regular season is winding down, and the Carroll County Athletic League championship races are beginning to take shape. So let’s take a look at a few sports that have meaningful games coming up in the next week.
Emily Messinese netted three goals, and two of those goals came 50 seconds apart to help the Falcons shut out Catholic 5-0 on Tuesday. Teammates Kennedy Major and Haley Polk each added a goal and an assist for the Falcons (3-5).
Liberty (2-2) and Century (2-2) are fifth and sixth in Class 2A West, followed by Winters Mill (2-2) in eighth. Manchester Valley (4-0) is second in 3A East behind Marriotts Ridge, and Westminster (2-2) is fifth. Francis Scott Key (1-3) currently sits in fifth in the 1A North standings.
The Knights (7-2, 4-0 CCAL) dominated throughout most of the game, and totaled 12 penalty corners and 16 shots on goal. The defense only allowed two shots on goal, and senior goalie Claire Hollinger made three saves.
Tuesday’s Carroll County Athletic League girls soccer matchup between the two Class 3A East squads provided a good example of just how competitive these two teams have been — their tilt resulted in a 0-0 tie after 100 minutes of play.
Prior to Friday’s 34-9 loss to crosstown rival Liberty, running back Landon Bruce led Century, and the Carroll County Athletic League, with 42 carries for 223 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Knights — he was on pace to be a 1,000-yard rusher by the end of the season.
The Times caught up with North Carroll High School graduate Katie Zafares to discuss her triathlon accident, recent world title victory, and representing the United States and Carroll County on an international stage.
It’s rivalry week for six of the county’s seven schools. These games were played toward the end of the season in years past, but changes were made to accommodate the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association new nine-game schedule.
Both Gerstell and Winters Mill led a balanced attack, but Gerstell capitalized on a few of the Falcons mistakes to pick up a 2-1 lead early in the second half. Two more Winters Mill goals, a second from Kiyomi Mastro and one from sophomore Amanda Scholze, gave the Falcons a 3-2 advantage and the season-opening victory.
Carroll County schools were busy Wednesday, with hundreds of athletes attending tryouts for boys and girls cross country, field hockey, football, golf, boys and girls soccer, and volleyball. And expectations are high for several teams around the county.