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).
After Winters Mill’s Alex Carr returned a South Carroll punt to the Cavalier 30-yard line, Cayden Beard hauled in a touchdown from Matheo Cuenca with 16 seconds remaining. South Carroll had two final chances, but came up empty.
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.
South Carroll got goals from Madelyn Boyce, Grace Oetken, Brooke Flanigan, and Payton Wenczkowski en route to a 4-0 victory over Francis Scott Key on Thursday in Carroll County Athletic League girls soccer action.
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.
The FCA Bravehearts, a team made up of homeschooled players from around the area, that partners with the Fellowship of Christian athletes, rallied to win the second and third sets and hand Carroll (16-1) its first loss of the year. The Patriots fell 25-18, 25-22, 27-25 after leading 20-15 in the second set and 22-19 in the third.
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).
Thomas and the Owls took care of Manchester Valley on Monday in straight sets (25-12, 25-10, 25-9) and remained undefeated through the midway point of the CCAL schedule. Westminster is 8-0 (7-0 CCAL) with a mere one lost set so far.
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.
“It absolutely shows our resiliency,” said setter Olivia Zepp, who helped Francis Scott Key (5-2, 5-2 in the Carroll County Athletic League) win its fourth in a row. “We really had to work with what we had.”
Fresh off qualifying for the Class 2A-1A state tournament Tuesday, Justin Bartolowits carded a 43 to earn medalist honors and help Liberty down Manchester Valley 183-200 at River Downs Golf Club in Finksburg.